By Jackie Burrell
Friday, August 29th, 2008 at 5:40 pm in Just Bizarre.
We hardly know where to start. An Iowa community college president resigned Wednesday, after the Des Moines Register published a MySpace-worthy photo of him holding the spigot of a mini-beer keg over the open mouth of a young woman at a Fourth of July boat party. Trustees at Iowa Central Community College initially said it was a non-issue that a college president was playing keg captain at a boozy boat party with a group of young adults… in a culture where binge drinking is a major health and safety concern on every university campus. It was a private party, they said.
The Register’s op-ed writers disagreed: “Academic leaders represent their institutions, on the job and off, and they aren’t supposed to look as if they’re party animals who encourage underage drinking.”
Now trustees are handing Paxton $400,000 in severance pay. And there’s more…
Early the morning after this little aquatic soiree, Paxton’s 19-year-old son was arrested for drunk driving. For the second time. Paxton says his son was aboard the boat, but he wasn’t drinking. Hmmm, and what was Paxton celebrating that day? Could it be that three days before, the board had awarded him a fat raise, despite his 2002 indictment for felonious misconduct and grade tampering? Charges that were deferred, by the way, because Paxton accepted responsibility for the transcript alterations. Three colleagues, the Register tells us, entered guilty pleas … and kept their jobs because Iowa Central Community College trustees seem to be a forgiving lot.
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