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Former USC Dean Marilyn Flynn Under Investigation by U.S. Attorney’s Office for ‘Inappropriate’ Financial Transactions

 

BY BRIAN HEWS

Thursday August 2, 2018, 8:50 a.m.

Editor’s note: HMG-CN was the first outlet to report the letter and inappropriate transaction, other outlets, as usual, did not give us attribution.

 

HMG-CN has obtained a letter from USC Board of Trustees Chair Rick Caruso to “members of the USC family” outlining alleged inappropriate financial transactions and agreements involving Marilyn Flynn, the former dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work.

Marilyn Flynn

The transactions also allegedly involved “an elected official and an outside organization.”

On June 28 of this year, USC announced that Flynn accepted a “new role,” stating on their website, “After more than two decades of leadership as dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, Marilyn Flynn has announced her plan to accept a new role as Special Advisor in the Office of Provost Michael Quick. She will also continue as professor in the Department of Social Change and Innovation at the school.”

It is unknown whether the new role was in response to the allegations, but Caruso indicates the school learned of the transaction in June of this year.

Caruso’s letter is below.

Dear Members of the USC Family:

I want to inform you about a disturbing and concerning situation.

In July, I learned of alleged inappropriate financial transactions and agreements involving Marilyn Flynn, the former dean of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, an elected official and an outside organization.

I immediately brought this issue to the attention of the full Board of Trustees and we are working closely with senior leadership, including Acting President Michael Quick, to address it.

The transactions and agreements were reported in June by a member of University staff to the USC Office of Compliance, which immediately launched an investigation and escalated the matter to the University leadership.

We are sincerely grateful that this individual chose to come forward, enabling us to take immediate and appropriate action.

The University disclosed this matter promptly to the United States Attorney’s Office and is cooperating with them.

We were not able to disclose this matter to our community sooner in order to avoid jeopardizing any potential government investigation.

As a Board, we are steadfast in the determination that we will not tolerate unethical behavior at USC and people will be held accountable. While we must respect the government’s process, we will keep you updated on this matter to the extent we are able.

Meanwhile, we remain intensely focused on creating significant and sustainable changes at USC in partnership with all of you. I look forward to updating you on these actions and opportunities over the coming days and weeks.

HMG-CN has calls into the school for comment.

 

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Draw your own conclusions.

Many USC / UCLA professors reside in the neighborhoods of Palos Verdes.

Orange County, many professors from Chapman University live in Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills and Laguna Hills. UCI Proffessors live in Newport and Laguna.