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Langford on Leave, Three Overseas Business Programs Shut Down

TAMUC Marketing Communications

COMMERCE - Texas A&M University-Commerce President Dan Jones announced Friday that the graduate business programs in Belgrade, Rabat and Sarajevo have been terminated.

Jones also indicated to an audience of College of Business and Entrepreneurship faculty Friday morning that Dr. Harold Langford, dean of the College of Business and Entrepreneurship, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

In an email to university faculty and staff, Dr. Jones stated the programs “were set up and administered inappropriately and have been shut down.  As part of an ongoing internal investigation, I am working to put in place the proper oversight procedures and personnel to rectify the situation quickly. In the process, I will be enacting directives and fail-safe protocols that will help prevent similar situations in the future.”

Interim Associate Provost Dr. Dan Edelman is leading the internal investigation, according to Randy Jolly, associate vice president of Marketing Communications at A&M-Commerce.

In the January 2012 Spring Assembly, Dr. Jones indicated two cohorts had graduated from the program in Sarajevo, with another to graduate in June. He added that the first cohorts in Serbia and Morocco were scheduled to graduate this year.

The email from Dr. Jones goes on to state that the circumstances surrounding the three graduate programs “do not impact the quality and accreditation of our other programs.”

“In simple terms, it appears that the protocols for initiating these programs weren’t followed," said Randy Jolly. “And as the validity of these programs is being evaluated, the needs of the students are of the utmost importance to the University.”

The total number of students who have completed the programs was not given, although the first cohort from Sarajevo in June 2010 graduated 21.

No other information was immediately available.

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