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Bowman’s Adell quits state board in plagiarism flap

TheBowman principal Gwendolyn Adell (left) resigned her positiIndianState Board Educatiafter she was accused plagiarizing parts her doctoral dissertation.  |

Thea Bowman principal Gwendolyn Adell (left) resigned her position on the Indiana State Board of Education after she was accused of plagiarizing parts of her doctoral dissertation. | File photo

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Updated: November 2, 2011 2:11PM



A Gary charter school administrator accused of plagiarizing parts of her doctoral dissertation has resigned from Indiana’s State Board of Education.

Gwendolyn Griffith Adell submitted a resignation letter last week effective immediately, saying she was stepping down for personal and family reasons.

Adell has denied copying anyone’s work. She’s the chief administrative officer of Gary’s Thea Bowman Leadership Academy. She was the school’s first principal and was previously a principal in the Merrillville school district.

Published reports in May showed portions of the dissertation Adell submitted to Purdue University in 2004 were nearly identical to information in a 1999 dissertation by a doctoral candidate at Virginia Tech.

Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Adell to the board in 2006. A Department of Education spokeswoman says it is working with the governor’s office to find a replacement to sit on the 11-member board.

Adell’s email resignation was sent to Heather Neal, chief of staff for State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett.

Stephanie Sample, communications director the Department of Education, said Daniels would fill Adell’s spot soon. The new member must live in District 1, or the northwest portion of the state.

Purdue University spokeswoman Jeanne Norberg said Wednesday she had “nothing to report” concerning the status of Purdue’s investigation into the allegations against Adell.



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