Nepotism can be fatal (Australia)

The vice-chancellor of an Australian university will step down in light of allegations that one of his relatives was given an easy ride in an entrance examination. Paul Greenfield, vice-chancellor of the University of Queensland, will leave in June 2012 after an internal investigation found “irregularities” in admission procedures, The Courier Mail reported. Entry requirements to a course – believed to be medicine – were allegedly lowered to allow Professor Greenfield’s relative to enrol. In a message to staff, the vice-chancellor says: “I have agreed to stand down…in the middle of 2012. I offered to do this because I accept responsibility as CEO for a decision that, while neither requested nor made by me, was inappropriate and benefited a close relative.” He adds that the enrolment was “the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding of a conversation and a breakdown in the normal checks and balances”. Michael Keniger, Professor Greenfield’s deputy, will leave at the end of the year.

Source: The Times Higher Education