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Hunter College Prof Reportedly Hired Husband for $650K in Taxpayer Funded Work

Hunter College Prof Reportedly Hired Husband for $650K in Taxpayer Funded Work

“forced out in a sex and drug scandal not only took advantage of students and colleagues”

When you look at all the dollar amounts in this story, is the high cost of college still a mystery?

The New York Post reports:

Hunter College prof hired husband for $650K worth of taxpayer-funded work

The star Hunter College psychology professor forced out in a sex and drug scandal not only took advantage of students and colleagues, he hired his husband for $600,000-plus worth of taxpayer-funded photo gigs.

Jeffrey Parsons quit last month after a probe substantiated complaints by employees at his research center — which raked in federal grant money and focused on topics like HIV prevention and drug use.

Parsons, the youngest-ever distinguished professor at Hunter, was the fifth highest paid employee at the City University of New York in 2017, collecting $363,283.

His photographer husband, Chris Hietikko, though not a CUNY employee, also collected big bucks in grant dollars working for Parsons’ Center for HIV Educational Studies and Training, known as CHEST.

Hietikko’s Mindful Designs company was paid an average $82,000 a year — or a total of $656,000 — from 2011 to 2018, according to a CUNY spokesman who said the work was cleared by a conflict of interest panel.

He is no longer working for CUNY.

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healthguyfsu | July 28, 2019 at 11:38 pm

“82,000 a year — or a total of $656,000 — from 2011 to 2018, according to a CUNY spokesman who said the work was cleared by a conflict of interest panel.”

This is the real bombshell in here.

Sounds like we need to externalize conflict of interest panels.

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