Higher Ed Scandal for CEO in EpiPen Controversy

August 25, 2016

Heather Bresch (right), the CEO of Mylan Inc., the pharmaceutical company pushing mammoth price increases in EpiPens, was at the center of a controversy in higher education in 2007, when The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported that West Virginia University awarded Bresch an M.B.A. even though she completed only about half the required credits. Bresch is the daughter of Joe Manchin, a Democrat who was then governor of West Virginia and is now a U.S. senator from the state. While West Virginia University originally denied anything inappropriate had happened, its own investigation eventually confirmed the Post-Gazette's findings, and the university's president resigned under pressure amid widespread faculty anger over the scandal. At the time, Bresch was chief operating officer of the pharmaceutical company Mylan Inc. Today she is CEO of the company, which produces EpiPen.

Bresch's biography on the Mylan website no longer references an M.B.A.

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