Outrage Over Lavish Spending at St. John's U. Threatens Its President

Outrage Over Lavish Spending at St. John's U. Threatens Its President 1

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The Rev. Donald Harrington, president of St. John's U.: "Although I'm a priest, it's tough to separate it this way, but really I'm a CEO."

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The Rev. Donald Harrington, president of St. John's U.: "Although I'm a priest, it's tough to separate it this way, but really I'm a CEO."

The suicide in November of a former dean at St. John's University, who was on trial for stealing more than $1-million from the New York institution, seemed like a gruesome end to an already sordid tale. But Cecilia Chang's death merely closed one chapter on a crisis that may reach the highest levels of the university, stoking faculty concerns about an insular administration that appeared to benefit from the dean's misdeeds.

Testimony from Ms. Chang's trial and a subsequent