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Professor Chikaodinaka Nwankpa

Posted on | October 8, 2019 | 1 Comment

 

How do you pronounce that name? The answer is worth $200,000:

A university professor from Philadelphia blew nearly $200,000 of federal research dollars at strip clubs in the City of Brotherly Love — and now his former employer is stuck with the bill, a report said Monday.
Drexel University settled with federal prosecutors for $190,000 on Monday to avoid a potential lawsuit from the Justice Department, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.
The settlement was an effort to recoup funds that the former head of Drexel’s electrical engineering department, Chikaodinaka Nwankpa, squandered at topless bars including Club Risque and Cheerleaders in South Philly, according to the report.
The bills racked up by Nwankpa were spent on dancers for “goods and services” at the clubs over a decade from 2007 to 2017, federal prosecutors alleged.

Hey, what’s a couple hundred thousand bucks in entertainment expenses, when you’re bringing in millions of dollars in federal grants?

[Nwankpa] spent 27 years teaching in Drexel’s electrical and computer engineering department, chairing it from 2015 until he left.
During that time, he was among the university’s top attractors of research grant funds, boasting in his faculty bio that he had landed more than $10 million in research money throughout his career.

Insert “Higher Education Bubble” reference here.

(Hat-tip: Kirby McCain on Twitter.)



 

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