Citizen’s group calls for Temple Terrace mayor to resign over diploma mill Ph.D.

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TEMPLE TERRACE ‘ Members of a citizens group say they will ask for the resignation of Temple Terrace mayor Mel Jurado at a City Council meeting next week in the wake of a Tampa Bay Times report raising questions about two college degrees Jurado claims to have.

“As an elected official, she has the obligation and the duty to follow the law,’ said Nicole M. Ford, a University of Tampa political science professor and member of the citizens group Re-Imagine Temple Terrace, which works to spur discussion about the city’s economic future.

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A Times investigation published online Thursday revealed that Jurado, known in Temple Terrace as “Dr. Mel,’ received her Ph.D. from unaccredited La Salle University in Mandeville, La., a diploma mill raided by the FBI and shut down. In addition, the newspaper could find no record to back her claim she has a master’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

  • Date: 2018-10-08T11:00:00Z-04
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Temple Terrace mayor won’t resign over PhD questions

TEMPLE TERRACE, Fla. (WFLA) – The mayor of Temple Terrace apparently is still not ready to discuss her PhD.

Mayor Mel Jurado’s page on the city’s website refers to her as a doctor’who holds a PhD’from LaSalle University.’

The Louisiana school was raided by the FBI’in 1996 for being a scam and defrauding students out of millions. ‘

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During the past few weeks there’s been a lot of chatter on social media about that LaSalle University and the validity of Mel Jurado’s doctorate.

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But if the school was raided and shut down by the FBI’as a diploma mill, how would the mayor’s PhD’be valid?’

  • Publisher: WFLA
  • Date: 2018-10-08T23:17:40+0000
  • Author: Steve Andrews
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