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Ex-USC Dean Admits She Arranged Bribery Payment

September 16, 2022

Marilyn Flynn, who was dean of the University of Southern California School of Social Work from 1997 to 2018, agreed on Thursday to plead guilty to bribery, admitting that she arranged a $100,000 payment for Mark Ridley-Thomas when he was on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in return for a USC contract with the county, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Ridley-Thomas is scheduled to go on trial in November. He has denied guilt in the case.

The charge to which Flynn, 83, has agreed to plead guilty carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. But prosecutors agreed to recommend that she be confined to her home and fined no more than $150,000.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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