Do false claims = resignation?

While they don’t at Liberty, they do elsewhere.

Top-level A&M official resigns amid questions over credentials

Story set up:

Texas A&M’s No. 3 administrator presented himself as a warrior-scholar: A former Navy SEAL with a doctorate from Tufts University.

But records obtained by The Eagle indicate Alexander Kemos never was part of the elite fighting force, and Texas A&M officials confirmed Friday that he doesn’t have a doctorate or even a master’s degree, which was a posted requirement for the $300,000-a-year position that serves as the top adviser to Texas A&M President R. Bowen Loftin.

So what happens when they find out, they confront Kemos. AND he resigns.

On Friday morning, the day after he was confronted with questions about his background . . . he resigned.

Later in the article:

He later released a statement through his spokesman that said “we expect nothing but the highest principles from our administrators.”

wow! and they are a secular institution.

Liberty is finally looking at having an inquiry . . . Finally.

Muslim-turned-preacher faces university inquiry.

Liberty University reviewing claims that seminary president lied about his past

Now get started.


7 thoughts on “Do false claims = resignation?

  1. There’s a classic way to determine a real Navy Seal: Ask him his class number and who went through Hell Week with him.

    Real SEALs can answer in their sleep.

    Transformational experiences make for lasting, unchanging memories.

    Nuff said.

  2. No, I’m no SEAL and never played one on TV. But like lots of grownup boys I’ve read of them.

    Impersonation of military special operators is is a favored past time in certain circles. My best advice is not to pretend to be one, outside of getting a Hollywood paycheck. The real guys don’t take kindly to impersonators, especially if they’re also jerks.

    The two things my late father could always recall from his military days were

    1. Cooking stuff on car engines.
    2. What murder scenes and dead bodies really look like, because as an MP he once had to stand watch over the remains of a man whose wife took a shotgun to him in an argument.

    Transformational experiences do stand out in the memory….

  3. I have noticed that there do seem to be a good number of men who claim military experience that have none. Like everything else, it’s just too easy to get trapped in that little ol’ lie.

  4. I hope you will forgive me if I split hairs here. I’ve been looking for a fair comparison to the Caner situation for some time, and this is close but not quite.

    I’ve mostly been looking at Caner’s prospects from my limited knowledge of cases where Liberty faculty have been dismissed for misbehavior, and in all those cases the faculty member had engaged in some sort of sexual misbehavior or had some other kind of inappropriate contact with a student. On that basis I would be surprised if Caner were dismissed; he’s accused of simple (if rampant and possibly systematic) lying, but without complicating factors of money, sex, or power.

    I have yet to see a reasonable estimate of how much he as actually profited from this situation; the one person I know of online who looked at his credentials decided he’s probably qualified to be a seminary president. I really don’t know. I haven’t seen any estimates of his speaking schedule, much less claims of speaking fees, etc. So I guess in the meantime I’d have to say he’s still being accused of just lying.

    If I compare his situation to Mr Kemos above, I’d have to suggest that Kemos was dismissed not for claiming falsely to have been a Navy SEAL, but for claiming to have academic credentials he doesn’t have. After all, not even at Texas A&M do they require that assistants to the President be former Navy SEALs. By the same token, Caner is accused of falsely claiming to be a former youth jihadi, but that’s not actually part of the job requirements; his predecessor in that position didn’t have such a colorful background, after all.

    So I guess I’d have to separate the fundamentals (falsely stating credentials) from the incidentals (falsely claiming an exciting life story) in both cases. And I’d have to claim that the quote from the university about expecting the highest principles from administrators is just boilerplate and does not actually constitute a legally binding guarantee.

    I’ll be shocked if Caner even clarifies what his actual life story is once the end of the month comes and goes; much less that there will actually be any administrative action against him.

  5. Hi there! Thanks so much for posting. I do agree the two situations are only somewhat comparable. The one doesn’t have the degrees he said, the other doesn’t have the background he says. I was just glad to see that action was taken somewhere against someone for their dishonesty. To be honest, if Caner was at a secular university and had lied about his childhood, I might shrug it off. But he is not only at a Christian university, he’s head of the part that trains people for the ministry. I just think that when this all came to light, he should have stepped up to the plate, admitted, confessed, explained. Liberty should have slapped him on the wrist somehow and everyone would have moved on.

    It may be boiler plate, but I do expect the highest principles from college/university leadership. And it seems that because of what they proclaim, those principles should be a notch higher still in Christian institutions.

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