Ex-President of Brookdale Community College Pleads Guilty to Misconduct

Peter F. Burnham, the former president of Brookdale Community College who resigned last year from the New Jersey institution amid an investigation of questionable spending, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts of official misconduct and one count of theft by deception, The Star-Ledger reported. Prosecutors said Mr. Burnham had charged hotel stays, groceries, and other items to college-issued credit cards that were meant to be used for business expenses. Three days after he resigned, he asked his son to apply for a federal student loan to cover tuition at another college, even though Brookdale had paid that expense as part of his employment contract. Under the terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend that Mr. Burnham be sentenced to five years in prison and be eligible for parole in two years.

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