This morning the New York Daily News reported that Cecilia Chang, the disgraced former dean of St. John’s University, hung herself with a stereo cord in her New York home. After accusations of embezzlement of over $1 million from the University, Chang refused a plea deal and opted to remain silent while on the stand.
In addition to embezzlement, Chang was also accused of forcing students to work in her home in exchange for scholarship funds, expensing personal items to university accounts, and stealing cash from the school where she served as Deal of Asian Studies. Lawyers close to the 59 year old claim that she was “humiliated.”
Prior to her indiscretions, Chang was an excellent fundraiser for the University, bringing in millions of dollars throughout the course of her career. She is survived by a son.