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Former principal wins ethics case

David Mims (Source: Crisp Co. Middle School website) David Mims (Source: Crisp Co. Middle School website)

February 17, 2006

Atlanta -- The former principal of Fitzgerald High School has won his ethics case before the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.

In 2004, David Mims was one of a dozen educators who were questioned by the Commission for questionable degrees or advanced degree coursework from unaccredited institutions.

Eleven of those educators served at least one-year suspension after having been found guilty.

Mims was accused of purchasing phony doctorate and master's degrees from St. Regis University. But an administrative Law Judge was satisfied that legitimate coursework and research was done, and ruled that the case against David Mims should be thrown out.

In a rare move, Mims' status was changed from revoked to "reprimanded" by the Commission, and Mims suffered no gap in his Leadership Certification.

The Commission could not tell us what the reprimand was for, but Mims has thirty days to appeal it. He says he is happy with the case dismissal, and hasn't decided whether he will file the appeal.

David Mims is now the Assistant Principal at Crisp County Middle School, and is in good standing with the Professional Standards Commission.

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