Canadian Professor Apologizes for Misrepresenting His Credentials

A professor at the University of Moncton, in the Canadian province of New Brunswick, has apologized after admitting that he misrepresented his academic credentials, according to the CBC. The professor, Louis LaPierre, came under scrutiny this month when the CBC’s French-language news service investigated claims he had made in his academic biography. He had claimed to hold a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of Maine, but the university confirmed to the news service that he had not earned a doctorate there.

Mr. LaPierre resigned on Thursday as chair of the New Brunswick Energy Institute, after admitting that he had misrepresented his credentials.

“Needless to say I was taken aback by the controversy, but I have now accepted that I played a role in bringing it about,” he said in a statement to the Moncton Times & Transcript that was cited by the CBC. “Regardless, during the years, in documents and among various bios, I have misrepresented my academic credentials and have admitted the same to the Université de Moncton. I take full responsibility for my actions and offer a full apology for the embarrassment this situation has caused to so many that placed their trust in me.”

Mr. LaPierre also stepped down from a federal environmental-review panel on Wednesday, saying he had resigned for medical reasons.

Raymond Théberge, the president of the University of Moncton, issued a statement on Thursday afternoon, where he said he was “relieved” that LaPierre “personally admitted to deliberately misleading the university” on his academic history.

Théberge said he believes the university has a thorough academic screening process for staff.

“The procedure we use is similar to other universities,” Théberge said. 

“A university’s reputation is built on many things, including the integrity of its teaching body. We cannot tolerate any doubt whatsoever insofar as this integrity goes. This is an isolated case, and I am fully confident that the mechanisms we have in place are sufficient so that a similar situation does not reoccur in the future.”

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