Pa. superintendent retiring as degree questioned

FOX CHAPEL, Pa. (AP) — The superintendent of an affluent Pittsburgh-area school district has announced she’ll retire Dec. 31 as questions about her doctoral degree have been raised.

Fox Chapel Area Superintendent Anne Stephens announced her plans Monday and school board President Joel Weinstein says she’s been considering the move for about six months. He says it’s not related to community concerns being raised that Stephens’ doctoral degree is from LaSalle University in Mandeville, La., which is defunct and was not accredited when Stephens received her degree.

The district requires its superintendent to have a doctorate although that’s not required by state regulators. Stephens has said the district’s requirements never said the degree had to be from an “accredited” school.

The school shut down in 2001 after Louisiana and federal regulators questioned whether it was a diploma mill that swindled students.

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