St. John's University President Announces His Retirement

Friday, May 3, 2013  |  Updated 11:15 PM EDT
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St. John's University President Announces Retirement

St. John's University

The president of St. John's University, which has endured a high profile corruption scandal, is retiring.

Rev. Donald Harrington announced his retirement as president of the university on Friday, in a letter posted on the school's website.

Harrington said his retirement will begin at the end of July.

Harrington had admitted to going on trips with Cecilia Chang, the former dean of the school's Institute of Asian Studies, who was found hanged a day after she testified in her own defense at her criminal trial last year.
 
Chang was accused of using students as personal servants and stealing more than $1 million from the university.

New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is an alumnus of St. John's School of Law. He issued a statement Friday praising Harrington's work at the school.

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