In today’s Chronicle, Nanette Asimov exposed fabrications in the resume of Stephen J. Wesley, the recently appointed superintendent of the two-school, 800-student Emery Unified School District.
Asimov noted that she had been corrected by a district administrator after she called Wesley `Mr.’, not `Dr.’ — but apparently he doesn’t even have a doctorate.
This must be a huge let-down for Emery Unified families and teachers, especially since the district — which went into state receivership because of fiscal mismanagement — seemed to be the model of recovery.
It also brought to light the limitations of some executive search firms — namely, the California School Boards Association, which recommended Wesley for the job. Asimov said that CSBA’s acting director told her that it wasn’t their job to uncover resume fraud.
Here is the Web page that describes Wesley’s purported qualifications.
This news comes just as the Oakland school board is gearing up for its own executive search. A word of advice: Before you get bedazzled by someone’s resume, pick up the phone!
image from Emery USD Web site