Over the past several years, usmnews.net has published literally thousands of reports from current and former faculty who share my belief that USM has ineffectively and inefficiently employed far too much of its resources, both in terms of money and people. The purpose of usmnews.net is not to provide a public relations view. That is amply supplied by The University of Southern Mississippi's public relations department.

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"The fun money is private money. At Southern Miss, I've got state dollars and I've got Foundation dollars. It's real easy to tell them apart. I tell people I've got two checkbooks. I've got my booze account and my non-booze account. Out of the state money I'm pretty constrained what in I can do. ... Foundation dollars, that's when I take my money out of my booze account, I can pretty much do anything I want with it." D. Harold Doty, former Dean, College of Business, University of Southern Mississippi, current Dean, University of Texas at Tyler
In August 2011, Martha Saunders smiled as she presented Galaxy Tabs to selected students. Three senior adminstrators were suspended. Two are no longer employees of the University. Saunders subsequently declared herself "tired" and resigned as president. (For more reports re "Tabletgate", click here.)


August 5, 2016

Letter to the editor -- Dear usmnews.net

Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 9

Martha Saunders Wants to be President of the University of West Florida

I'm your cupcake or Selling Losses for Cash

Donnie Tyndall's Basketball Career Comes to an End

Tim Hudson, another former USM administrator, under investigation

For readers who have requested quicker access to reports about Dr. Saunders' and now Dr. Bennett's airplane, please click here. A good place to start is Cost Per Flight Hour which includes links to the detailed cost and usage data obtained through open records requests.

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Plagiarism Is Now Ethically Acceptable, AACSB Affirms Copying Other Members' Submission Documents "Without Proper Citation"

Other current research can be downloaded free from SSRN (several projects are Top Ten downloads on SSRN):

"A General Theory to Test Social Reality"

"A Sound Foundation: The FASB Got Its Conceptual Framework Right, The IASB Didn't"

"An Evolution of Form and Content: A Practical Guide to Use of the FASB's Conceptual Framework"


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Ethics, Power, and Academic Corruption

By Chauncey M. DePree, Jr., DBA

The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism: Dr. Gordon Cannon, chemistry professor at USM, has surmised a foolproof method of determining whether a document is plagiarized. His method? He asked a few friends: Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate plagiarism? Dr. Cannon did not provide the original or copied documents or any context to his friends. He merely asked, Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate plagiarism? His friends' answered, No.

And indeed there is no plagiarism. None at all. Ever. Dr. Cannon's methodology proves that no document can be plagiarized. Simply ask a few friends without showing them the documents in question or providing any context: "Would you consider copying bureaucratic boilerplate plagiarism?"

With mathematical certainty, their answer will be: "Of course not."

If The Gordon Cannon Doctrine of Plagiarism seems absurd, you ain't seen nothin', yet. Read on.

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Great article, Ms. Gulliver.

Let me offer a way to communicate "Where the Money Is (Not) At" to a general audience. Entertainment. Offer (or gift) a novel, "Choking Dead Chickens" to friends and relatives who plan to go to college or have kids on their way to college. Or to our leaders who think they know what's going on on college campuses. The novel is not written for my colleague academics.

See, Choking Dead Chickens
Broken Priorities "'You see it on every campus-an increase in administration and a decrease in full-time faculty, and an increase in the use of part-time faculty,' he [Scott Carlson] said. With that trend, along with rising tuition and falling state support, 'you're painting a pretty fair picture of higher ed,' he continued. 'It's not what it should be. What's broken in higher ed is the priorities, and it's been broken for a long time.'" Administrator Hiring Drove 28% Boom in Higher-Ed Work Force, Report Says By Scott Carlson

February 12, 2016
February 16, 2016
Update Can Mary Research? A Review of Mary Morgan Anderson's Research Over the Past Six Years A recent review of USM's School of Accountancy's web page revealed a great deal about the apparently non-existent research record of Associate Professor Mary Morgan Anderson. As previously reported, Anderson is best known for her activities as a "slipstream artist" because Anderson's work is almost exclusively the result of her relationship with Ted Englebrecht, Anderson's mentor at Louisiana Tech University.

Is your retirement safe? According to Mississippi Litigation Review and Commentary in November 2013, "The good news is that the PERS investment return improved to 13.4%. The bad news is that despite the improved (and unsustainable) investment performance, the funding deficit grew by $3 million. The reason is that there are not enough active members in the system to support the growing number of retirees."


February 18, 2016
Letter to the Editor and Response As the turmoil at USM has appeared to increase, usmnews.net has received a number of requests for access to a complete copy of Dr. Bennett's CV and dissertation. We are publishing a link to the CV. However, due to copyright law, we are unable to publish the dissertation. However, you may order your own copy from Dr. Bennett's doctoral granting university. Alternatively, usmnews.net will loan you its copy. Send the editor a request with your mailing address.

February 19, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Your recent report about Mary Anderson's lack of publications has raised issues that I am sure she wishes were buried and forgotten. For those who may not remember, several years ago Mary Anderson claimed an impressive Accounting Horizons pub (A-level).

February 22, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 1 usmnews.net commences a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. Tonight we start with Nugget, the Golden Eagle mascot, being starved to death.


February 24, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 2 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with "Tablegate".


February 25, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 3 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with "Mississippi's Climate Unhealthy for Academics" which hearkens back to one of the most public examples of academic intolerance and abuse at the University of Southern Mississippi.
February 26, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 4 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with U. of Southern Mississippi Plans to Cut Programs and 29 Faculty Jobs.

February 29, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 5 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with Sham (Presidential) Search at Southern Miss. The IHL seems surprised that searches conducted in secret ending with presentation of their "preferred" candidate repeatedly ends in disaster.


March 1, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 6 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with Some Faculty Members Question Whether Changes at U. of Southern Mississippi Take Emphasis Away From Teaching. This article underscores many of the reasons Southern Miss seems perpetually mired in the fourth tier.
March 2, 2016
Updated 2-March-2016 HELP WANTED A Look at Business Dean Openings from Around the Country With four current/former CoB deans moving around in the academic world, some USMNEWS.net readers have requested an ongoing report that tracks curre nt b-school dean openings. Long-time readers of USMNEWS.net are aware that Faye Gilbert is the current dean of the CoB. Another former CoB administrator, Farhang Niroomand, currently holds the dean’s post at the University of Houston – Victoria. Each of these is listed among all southern university/college business deans in USMNEWS.net’s series on deans’ salaries entitled The BSD Pay Project. The BSD Pay Project can be found using the Google search bar located here at USMNEWS.net. That reports notes that Gilbert is currently earning $233,300 per year, while Niroomand earns $193,217 per year.
March 3, 2016
Updated 2-March-2016 The CoB’s Brain Drain Compilation, 2003-Present An Illustrated Account There is little argument with the notion that the College of Business at USM has been severely diminished by the faculty flight that has occurred since former CoB dean, Harold Doty, assumed the reins of management. Doty’s tenure began in 2003, when he was hired by former USM President, Shelby Thames, to lead the newly reorganized College of Business & Economic Development. It ended in April of 2007, just after the CoB had received an ominous report from the AACSB requiring a 6th Year Maintenance of Accreditation Review, when Doty and his associate dean, Farhang Niroomand, “resigned” amidst suspicion and speculation.
March 4, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 7 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. As faculty, are your email communications private? At Southern Miss, the answer is no. What is the impact on academic freedom? While usmnews.net will not attempt to answer this question for everyone, many faculty tell our reporters and editors that they are "afraid" to use Southern Miss email accounts for any communications which administrators might find objectionable.

March 7, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 8 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. The incident we address today is not merely embarrassing, it is disgusting and despicable. During the late 1950's, Aubrey K. Lucas was the Director of Admissions at Mississippi Southern College, later named the University of Southern Mississippi, when Mr. Clyde Kennard applied for admission.
March 8, 2016
A Walk Through the History of Southern Miss Part 9 usmnews.net continues a new series revisiting nationally embarrassing events in the history of Southern Miss. This morning we continue with "Faulkner Scholar Lands on His Feet" which stands as a reminder of a long history of "vindictive" and "pusillanimous" behavior directed at faculty who dare disagree.


March 9, 2016
An increasing number of anonymous reports have pointed to an uptick in on campus mobbing at Southern Miss. As a matter of public interest, usmnews.net will republish articles about this troublesome topic. If you believe you are a victim, you probably are. How Do You Know If You Are The Target Of A Mobbing? Over the next few days usmnews.net will publish excerpts from an excellent article published in the Chronicle of Higher Education. Mob Rule: In departmental disputes, professors can act just like animals, John Gravois, http://chronicle.com, Section: The Faculty, Volume 52, Issue 32, Page A10.




March 10, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Thanks for revisiting Southern Miss' history of mobbing. Word on campus is that the situation is worse now than it was in Saunders' darkest days. People have been subjected to very public verbal assaults (the proverbial "F-bomb"), huge amounts of turnover in some offices because of the abusive atmosphere, administrators fired for no reason and replaced with cronies, and on and on.

March 15, 2016
Dear usmnews.net,Thank you for loaning me your copy of Dr. Bennett's dissertation. After reading it, I can't help but question whether Dr. Bennett's dissertation meets the standards for a doctoral dissertation at any respectable university. Having reviewed this dissertation it is easy to understand Dr. Bennett's focus on retention and credentialing. A doctorate supported by an unpublished and, in my opinion unpublishable, dissertation supported his road to the position of president of Southern Miss.

March 21, 2016
Reprinted by request -- FEELING SAFE AT USM ... In each case, the conduct was ignored, and by being ignored, was promoted at USM. The witness was an untenured assistant professor. The administrator was Farhang Niroomand. I Will Never Be Alone Behind Closed Doors With An Administrator At USM Ever Again. "He [Farhang Niroomand] was very agitated. He was very red faced. And I remember him pointing his finger at me and saying, "I ought to kick your ass." At that moment, I said I will never be alone behind closed doors with an administrator at USM ever again.
March 24, 2016
Reprinted by request -- FEELING SAFE AT USM FEELING SAFE AT USM Readers have questioned whether violent and threatening conduct really occurs at the College of Business. Many outsiders find it difficult to believe that such a hateful atmosphere could be created or tolerated. Therefore, usmnews.net's reporters are reviewing sworn testimony relating to acts of hostility and threatening behavior in the CoB. In each case, the conduct was ignored, and by being ignored, was promoted at USM. usmnews.net continues the reports with an excerpt from an affidavit filed in Federal Court: "an incident of no consequence" ... On September 28, 2007, less than twenty four hours after I offered sworn testimony before Judge Keith Starrett pertaining to a motion for temporary restraining order filed by Dr. Chauncey M. DePree, Jr., I was accosted and threatened by D. Harold Doty, who is a Defendant in the action filed by Dr. DePree.

March 29, 2016
One of the most common questions heard by usmnews.net -- Dear usmnews.net, I looked at WorldCat's Dissertations and found this: The impact of selective factors related to completing the Doctor of Arts degree at Middle Tennessee State University / Rodney D Bennett 1996 English Book : Thesis/dissertation/manuscript Archival Material xi, 113 leaves ; 28 cm. The only copy is owned by the TSU library. You might want to look at Cook Library's Dissertations and Theses and see if the full text is available. How can he ethically be involved in making tenure decisions about faculty with no tenured publications of his own?

April 11, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, I have been rather surprised that usmnews.net hasn't commented on the penalties assessed against Southern Miss' basketball program [by the NCAA]. Any thoughts?


May 6, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Recently, while looking through a box of old college memorabilia, I found the legal documentation associated with my dealings with D Harold Doty at the University of ****** in the early ****s. This made me want to research the jerk and I came upon your articles associated with him. I would love to say I was shocked but I am not. Honestly, I hadn't really thought of him or that situation in almost 20 years. Your articles did, however, give further validation to my arguments as to why I did not want him to be my academic advisor.

May 10, 2016
In the wake of a letter to the editor published on May 10, 2016, usmnews.net has been asked to re-publish some of the reports and opinion pieces concerning D. Harold Doty's disastrous tenure as Dean that USM's COB. We begin this series with a report in which George Carter, a former Chair of the Economics Department offered his unkind, if widely viewed as accurate, characterization of Mr. Doty. WHY CARTER MUST GO Over the holidays, the editor and contributors have given considerable thought to this matter and have concluded that CARTER MUST GO?

May 17, 2016
In the wake of a letter to the editor published on May 10, 2016, usmnews.net has been asked to re-publish some of the reports and opinion pieces concerning D. Harold Doty's disastrous tenure as Dean that USM's COB. “Without Proper Citation” A Report on the Doty Administration’s Actions in the Days after the AACSB Plagiarism Allegations Although a number of scandals over the past several months have shaken the foundation of Harold Doty’s administration of USM’s College of Business, none have provided as much intrigue as the scandal regarding the allegations that the CoB copied, “without proper citation,”

May 19, 2016
Harold Doty Continues Looking For Employment? A recent visitor to usmnews was looking for information about Harold Doty, onetime dean of the College of Business at the University of Southern Mississippi: ... Is Harold Doty applying for the position of dean at Abilene Christian University? We suspect he often applies for positions. Many schools visit looking for information about Mr. Doty.

June 3, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, I read the newspaper report about former Dean Lance Nail. I guess TTU doesn't cover for their administrators as much as USM does. Name withheld by request / Dear usmnews.net, According to KCBD [TV] Dr. Nail claims "... the investigation is not entirely accurate." I would love to hear Lance's explanation of what part of this lurid, disgusting story is not accurate?

June 6, 2016
More on the Nail/Parisi Story From the Alabama Side of the Equation KCBD TV is now reporting that Dr. Franco Parisi, at the center of a Title IX, sexual harassment investigation is no longer teaching at the University of Alabama. According to a statement received by KCBD from University of Alabama media relations: "Dr. Parisi taught class for two days of each course he was scheduled to teach this summer before the university and Dr. Parisi agreed last week that it would be best for him not to teach due to allegations being made in Texas. We don't plan to comment further on this since it involves a personnel matter."


June 15, 2016
Tim Hudson, another former USM administrator, under investigation Here we go again. Another USM administrator-alum is under a cloud of suspicion. This time it's Dr. Tim Hudson, former USM provost, currently Chancellor Arkansas State University. Dr. Hudson is being audited with regard to international travel, among other things (Jonesboro Sun Times, May 29, June 9, 11, and 12, 2016). An anonymous tip provided references to the Jonesboro Sun Times reports along with the following comment: "Over the last several weeks, the Jonesboro Sun Times has had several articles about him and his wife DeeDee ..."



June 20, 2016
Dear usmnews.net, Did you see The Hattiesburg American report, New TV Deal an 'Enormous Challenge' for USM? According to the report, "[t]he new contract, which signals a massive dropoff in television revenue, will result in about $200,000 a year for each of the league's member institutions. That's roughly $700,000 less than what each school received per year under the terms of the previous deal." Bill McGillis [Southern Miss' athletic director] claims

June 27, 2016
Donnie Tyndall's Basketball Career Comes to an End On Friday, April 8, 2016, The National Collegiate Athletic Association effectively ended Donnie Tyndall's career as a college basketball coach. The NCAA's investigation states the former University of Southern Mississippi men's basketball coach, Donnie) Tyndall, "acted unethically and failed to promote an atmosphere for compliance when he directed his staff to engage in academic misconduct." The NCAA's report states that Tyndall "directed members of his staff to complete fraudulent coursework for seven prospects so they could be immediately eligible to compete." According to the NCAA report the conduct began within six weeks of Tyndall's becoming head coach.

July 11, 2016
I'm your cupcake or Selling Losses for Cash In the Thursday Hattiesburg American, Jason Munz, Southern Miss Sports Writer praised a two season deal for which "Southern Miss is set to receive a $1.7 million payout from Auburn for the initial matchup and $1.85 million for the second." The report goes on to say that "[t]his season, Kentucky and LSU are paying a combined $1.15 million to host the Golden Eagles." C'mon Jason. This is nothing of which to be proud. These aren't really even football games. They are bought and paid for beatings for cash.

July 12, 2016
The next report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. If any of our colleagues at UWF would like the complete transcript, please send the editor an email and it will be provided in confidence. Martha Saunders, Under Oath "Don't count her out yet. There are plenty of low level colleges where she could rise again." Name withheld If there is a chance that Martha Saunders can repeat her incompetence as an administrator at another college or university, its faculty and administrators should have a clear picture of her conduct as president of Southern Miss. This series provides a rare opportunity for the Southern Miss family, as well as potential employers, to consider Martha Saunders' words, under oath.


July 14, 2016
Martha Saunders Wants to be President of the University of West Florida usmnews.net recently received word that Martha Saunders wants to be president of the University of West Florida. The question is whether the faculty and students should share her enthusiasm. usmnews.net will be publishing a series of articles about Saunders' disastrous tenure as president of the University of Southern Miss. Her tenure was marked by bullying of faculty and students and blatant misrepresentation of facts -- what some would call lies. Tonight we begin with a report that encapsulates Saunders reprehensible conduct at Southern Miss: Saunders Gets Snarky with USM Student Possibly (1) Admitted Legal Violation, or (2) Lied


July 15, 2016
The second report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains additional extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. If any of our colleagues at UWF would like the complete transcript, please send the editor an email and it will be provided in confidence. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 2


July 18, 2016
The third report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains additional extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 3


July 19, 2016
The fourth report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains additional extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 4


July 20, 2016
The fifth report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains additional extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 5


July 21, 2016
The sixth report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains additional extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 6


July 22, 2016
The next report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. If any of our colleagues at UWF would like the complete transcript, please send the editor an email and it will be provided in confidence. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 7


July 26, 2016
The next report in usmnews.net's series concerning Martha Saunders' disastrous tenure as President of Southern Miss contains extensive quotations from her sworn testimony. If any of our colleagues at UWF would like the complete transcript, please send the editor an email and it will be provided in confidence. Martha Saunders, Under Oath, part 9


August 4, 2016
Breaking news: Former USM Provost Tim Hudson "resigns" as President of Arkansas State University
Dear usmnews.net, The links to the Arkansas stories about (former USM Provost) Tim Hudson were interesting. As an old timer, I have to say it doesn't come as much of a surprise. The whisper campaign around campus was that Tim liked to spend Foundation money because there was no way to see what he was doing.

August 5, 2016