Saturday, 17 September 2016

Syracuse University removed Whitman dean Kenneth Kavajecz after prostitution arrest

Syracuse, NY -- Syracuse University removed the dean of the Martin J. Whitman School of Management after he was arrested for patronizing a prostitute in the town of Salina.
Kenneth Kavajecz, 51, of West Jefferson Street, Syracuse, was removed as dean Wednesday and placed on administrative leave from his faculty position "until further notice," Vice Chancellor and Provost Michele Wheatly announced.
The university did not release any more details of his removal. But Kavajecz's name surfaced today in connection with a prostitution sting by the Onondaga County sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office had refused to answer questions about Kavajecz's arrest for two days. He was arrested Tuesday. Repeated calls from syracuse.com for information beginning on Wednesday were answered with responses that there was no information available.
At noon today, Syracuse.com filed a Freedom of Information request.
Around 1 p.m., the sheriff's office confirmed in a news release that Kavajecz was ticketed for a misdemeanor of third-degree patronizing a prostitute.
He is due Sept. 29 in Salina Town Court.
After the sheriff's office announcement, SU released a statement about why it remained silent before now:
"Given University policy, we are not able to discuss specifics of personnel matters," said Kevin Quinn, senior vice president of public affairs. "We have, however, confirmed with law enforcement that the alleged behavior did not occur on the Syracuse University campus, did not involve members of the campus community, and is unrelated to the former dean's University responsibilities."
Kavajecz is one of the university's highest paid employees. His base compensation was $444,305 and he took home a total of $496,449 in 2014, according to the most recently available tax filings.

Abrupt dismissal of Whitman dean is 'difficult,' Syracuse University leaders say
"This has been a very difficult week for the campus community," Provost Michele Wheatly said.
Prior to coming to Syracuse University in July 2013, Kavajecz was a professor of finance and served as chairman for the department of finance and associate dean of both the undergraduate program and the full-time MBA program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
According to the SU website, he is an expert on financial market liquidity, trading, risk management, market structure and regulation. His research publications have appeared in many top academic journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Financial Studies.
Earlier this year, Bloomberg Businessweek ranked the Whitman School 23rd on its 2016 list of the best undergraduate business schools in the country. Three years ago, the school ranked 72nd on the list.

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