INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A school administrator accused of plagiarizing parts of
her doctoral dissertation has resigned from Indiana’s State Board of
Gwendolyn Griffith Adell submitted a resignation letter last week effective
immediately, saying she was stepping down for personal and family reasons.
The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne reported in May that portions of the
dissertation Adell submitted to Purdue University in 2004 are nearly
identical to information in a 1999 dissertation by a doctoral candidate at
Adell has denied copying anyone’s work. She’s the chief administrative
officer of Gary’s Thea Bowman Leadership Academy.
Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Adell to the board in 2006. A Department of
Education spokeswoman says it is working with the governor’s office to find
a replacement for the 11-member board.