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President, provost of Navy grad school fired

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has fired the top two administrators of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., for mismanagement and fostering an atmosphere defying Navy regulations.

The firings of the school's president and provost come after an investigation by the Navy's inspector general. It found that the president, Daniel Oliver, failed to comply with federal and naval regulations, circumvented federal hiring authorities and inappropriately accepted gifts from a private foundation that supports the school.

The investigation also found that the provost, Leonard Ferrari, did not comply with Navy regulations and accepted gifts from the foundation.

Oliver, a retired vice admiral and naval aviator, has held the job since April 2007 and Ferrari has been in place since July 2006.

Rear Adm. Jan Tighe will serve as interim school president.

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