25 years ago today - Oct 26, 1995

BYU's spokesman announces that university officials have accepted the explanation of mathematics professor John Milo Peterson that only "a clerical error" was involved in his claiming for twenty years that the University of Georgia had awarded him a Ph.D. degree (which would qualify him as a specialist in mathematics) rather than his actual degree of Ed.D. (which qualifies him as a specialist in educational techniques) from Utah State University. Peterson is currently a stake president and his college dean is a patriarch of that stake. As stake president, Peterson asks every applicant for priesthood ordination and temple recommends the following question: "Are you honest in your dealings with your fellowmen?" In 1993 the national Chronicle of Higher Education noted that Peterson's annual salary was $103,000 (among BYU's top five) as full professor and director of the graduate program in mathematics.

[The Mormon Hierarchy - Extensions of Power by D. Michael Quinn, [New Mormon History database (http://bit.ly/NMHdatabase)]]

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