Adauto is an unidentified University of Texas El Paso administrator (?), who cheerily cooperates with the local press in providing background on Professor Fernando Rodriguez, who has suddenly up and resigned. Or retired. Or whatever.

Rodriguez turned in his resignation letter in recent weeks, Adauto said. Asked why UTEP didn’t make that information public, Adauto said, “I’m not sure it was necessary. He resigned.”

… Asked whether the professor’s departure is a resignation or a retirement, Adauto said, “Technically, there is no difference.”

He’s just… gone, okay? I don’t want to talk about it!

The reasons he left are indeed manifold and obscure. A scan of the El Paso Times article suggests levels of corruption typical to Texas but rather shocking in other parts of the country. The FBI notes that he

received more than $914,000 in outside employment between 2001 and 2009 without reporting it as required by University of Texas at El Paso rules. Additional documents showed that Rodriguez was paid an additional $233,000 by Aliviane Inc. in 2010, bringing his total pay by the nonprofit to more than $1.1 million.

While Rodriguez will never reach the heights of Nemeroff (that was pharma; this was only the federal government), he managed to pull in quite a lot of money while disclosing none of it to UTEP. Also, unlike Nemeroff (so far), he will probably go to jail.

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2 Responses to “‘”There’s really nothing to say,” Adauto said.’”

  1. JND Says:

    “levels of corruption typical to Texas but rather shocking in other parts of the country.”

    Ouch! We studied at the feet of the master, LBJ.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    To be fair, JND, there are actually plenty of parts of the country (Illinois, Alaska, Hawaii) that reach the same levels.

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