The former president of a small graduate school in Falmouth has been barred from serving on charity boards or as the chief executive of a nonprofit in Massachusetts after collecting an excessive salary and benefits, Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday.
Robert Gee, who was president of National Graduate School of Quality Management until 2012, reached a settlement with Healey’s office over allegations that he had breached his fiduciary duty.
Gee was forced to step down after the Globe and Northeastern University investigative reporting students reported that he had been paid $732,891 in 2009 as president of a school with 400 part-time students — a salary nearly equivalent to what the president of Tufts University earned for running a school with 5,500 students.
Gee also provided his wife with a $100,000 annual salary, and the school gave the couple two new Mercedes-Benz automobiles and footed the nearly $200,000 bill for their two-week annual timeshare in the US Virgin Islands, the Globe investigation found.
Under the settlement, Gee will also have to pay the state $150,000, which will be transferred to a Massachusetts educationally geared charity, according to Healey’s office.
As part of the settlement, Gee denied that any transaction was made without the school’s trustees’ knowing about it. And, he said, the intent was always to benefit the school.Deirdre Fernandes
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