While the governing board at Kean University has launched an investigation about false claims on his resume, university president Dawood Farahi has acknowledged for the first time that some mistakes were made.
In a recent interview, Farahi said even though there were some errors listed on past resumes, he was not responsible. Farahi said the inaccuracies, including claims that he had been acting academic dean at Avila College in Missouri and that he published "over 50 technical articles in major publications," were made by staff members at Kean who helped prepare his resume for routine accreditation reviews at the university in 1994, 2001 and 2008.
"I did not create the data sheet," Farahi said in the interview with The Star-Ledger. "I did not see the data sheet. Had I seen it, I would’ve corrected those errors. And as you can see, the errors are multiplying over time."
The head of the Union Township school’s faculty union pointed out these and other questionable claims in Farahi’s early resumes in two letters he has sent to Kean’s board of trustees. In response, the board’s executive committee retained independent counsel, McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney & Carpenter, to investigate the allegations "in a thorough and comprehensive way" and report back the findings, according to a statement released last week by board chairwoman Ada Morell.