Dr. Robert J. Gee, whose lavish spending and fiscal stewardship at the Falmouth-based National Graduate School of Quality Management have spawned three separate inquiries, has been removed as the college’s president by the board of trustees, the school informed its staff yesterday.
Thomas C. Kneaval, the chairman of the school’s board of trustees, said in an e-mail that Gee would return to teaching and “other activities related to” a hastily scheduled review by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, which accredits institutions of higher education. The association’s next review had been scheduled for 2014, but was recently moved up to September because of revelations about the school.
Attorney General Martha Coakley launched a separate investigation after the Globe reported on April 26 that the tiny Falmouth school had paid Gee $732,891 in 2009, provided his wife with a $100,000 annual salary, given the couple two new Mercedes Benz automobiles, and paid nearly $200,000 for a two-week annual timeshare for the Gees in the US Virgin Islands.
Gee purchased the two automobiles at school expense, for $130,658, not long after the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency authorized $2.64 million in low-interest bonds in 2009 so the school could buy a $3.25 million waterfront compound overlooking Martha’s Vineyard. The compound’s most breathtaking views are from a six-bedroom house that was intended to be Gee’s residence.
Coakley, whose office oversees nonprofit groups, said in April that Gee’s compensation seemed excessive and raised questions about the school’s stewardship of charitable funds. She has ordered the school to turn over to her office numerous documents, including any that would illuminate whether the school’s trustees had adequately overseen Gee’s administration of the school.
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