An associate dean at Monterey's Naval Postgraduate School resigned claiming "a culture of corruption" at the institution about the same time an investigation was launched into its top leaders.
The associate dean of the Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences resigned Nov. 18, 2011, according to a letter sent to former President Dan Oliver obtained by The Herald.
The letter alleged disregard for how money was spent, unnecessary travel expenses, decisions not made in the best interest of the Navy and "fraud, waste and abuse."
"NPS is the only Navy command I have served in where I was so concerned about corruption and a disconnect with our Core Values," he wrote.
The Navy began its investigation of Oliver and former Provost Leonard Ferrari in November 2011, the same month the letter was sent.
The pair were ousted last month upon the conclusion of a report that alleged they did not adhere to federal and Navy rules. Some of the allegations included keeping money donated by the school's foundation in separate accounts outside of Navy inspection and hiring a woman as a contract employee to get around federal salary limits.
Rear Adm. Jan Tighe replaced Oliver and Douglas Moses replaced Ferrari the day the report was released.
Cmdr. Dave Nunnally, a public affairs officer at NPS, said the resignation letter appeared to be "personal and private correspondence.
The dean's name had been removed from the document before it was given to The Herald by a person close to the former NPS employee.
That person wanted people to know there were people who "love the Navy" at NPS who thought the methods of Oliver and Ferrari were wrong.
The letter's tone was in sharp contrast to many NPS supporters who have come out to defend Oliver and Ferrari in the wake of their dismissal.
The dean wrote that because of an "ends justify the means" culture, he "could no longer confidently carry out the responsibilities of associate dean to ensure expenditures and activities were in the best interests of the Navy."
The dean wrote that the majority of faculty and staff were hardworking and ethical.
"But there are too many in my experience," he wrote, "who preferred to commit or allow questionable ethics, travel practices, fiscal management or other potential violations of rules and regulations."
Under Secretary of the Navy Robert O. Work said at a press conference two weeks ago he knew "of no whistle-blower activity or reprisal investigations at this point."
"That's not to say there aren't any," he said of an investigation. "Sometimes they will not rise to my level."
There are four graduate schools at NPS, each with its own dean and associate dean. The Graduate School of Engineering and Applied Sciences had the most students, 980, during peak enrollment in 2011, according to this year's NPS Fact Book.
Efforts to reach Oliver and Ferrari for comment have been unsuccessful.
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