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Let’s Trade A Good Legacy For A Fraudulent One

By Greg L | 6 March 2016 | Schools, Prince William County | 21 Comments

Remember that “Dr. Hampton” who was so worthy of honor that we’d scrub the name of former governor Mills Godwin off the side of one of our public buildings in order to honor him?  All because Godwin, who had been supported by the NAACP and upset segregationists so badly that the KKK burned a cross on his front lawn, and wasn’t acceptable to liberal Democrats on the School Board?

Well, turns out “Dr. Hampton,” the guy who claims it’s “his turn” to have a school named after him, is a fraud.

According to his bio, Hampton received a doctorate degree from the “University of Central Arizona.”  The Los Angeles Times ran a story on this place a while ago, and came away unimpressed by it:

An official at the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education said the agency had no official record of University of Central Arizona’s existence, aside from one 1982 letter to the state Board of Regents warning of the school’s illegitimacy.

The Arizona Republic reported on the school as well in 1980, and they weren’t impressed either:

The University of Central Arizona is a Tempe-based institution accused of fraud. It has issued 23 doctorate degrees during its 4-year existence. Most of the doctorate recipients were educators who parlayed the degrees into higher pay and other financial benefits.

The school was operated from a leased office at 500 W. Broadway by Wright and Charles L. Palermo, who were accused of fraud by the state in a 1977 lawsuit. The two men, without admitting any wrongdoing, agreed to a consent judgment in order to end the legal battle over the suit, which alleges multiple violations of the Arizona Consumer Fraud Act. As part of the judgment, Wright and Palermo agreed to stop issuing doctoral degrees and to stop using the word “university.”

The judgment was approved last month by Maricopa County Superior Court Judge David Perry. It could not be determined whether the school would remain in business.

Court records show that the school was not accredited nor a candidate for accreditation. Its degree recipients, mostly high school and community college teachers, live in Pennsylvania, Washington, Massachusetts, Virginia, New York, Virginia, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico and Iowa.

I have a hard time believing that someone who would stoop to buying a fake degree from a fake university in order to appear more important than they actually are has a resume that is otherwise impeccable, and no doubt over the next days and weeks we’re going to learn a lot more about “Dr. George Hampton” who according to some of our elected officials on the school board is more worthy of public recognition than a governor who fought against segregation.  You don’t capstone a solid resume with a massive stinking fiction like this.  That’s utterly stupid.

I’d urge you to contact School Board member Justin Wilks for his opinion on all this, seeing as he’s the architect of this dubious legacy trade.  He’s been awfully busy on facebook lately, that is up until today when he deleted his account.  I’ll have more to tell you all about that soon, but in the meantime there’s probably some sort of platform out there you can use to contact him that hasn’t been quickly erased for some reason, sort of like the trustworthiness of his friend’s professional credentials.

UPDATE:  There’s apparently a cell phone message to all the five Democrats on the School Board from PWCDC Chairman Harry Wiggins right before the school board meeting on this demanding that they stick together and make sure Hampton gets a school named after him. A request from Chairman Sawyers to Assistant Superintendent David Cline a week before the vote about the cost of renaming Godwin Elementary indicates this was hardly something that was miraculously thought up right before the meeting as Board Member Justin Wilk has told the public.  This entire episode, clearly a planned political stunt from the beginning and coordinated by the Chairman of the local Democratic Party is not what we have been lead to believe.  Should anyone doubt this, Cline’s response to the Sawyers, with a cc to Justin Wilk just showed up in the board packets last Friday.  Funny how you can just think up some crazy idea out of thin air while riding in your car one week after you asked school staff about that very same idea.

UPDATE 2: In attempting to validate “Dr. Hampton’s” role in the Marine Corps Leadership and Human Relations Institute as project director during the institute’s formation and co-chairman at the time of it’s inception, no mention was found of an entity bearing that name, but a Marine Corps Human Relations Institute was found. The following was discovered regarding the founding of that entity in the book “Blacks In The Marine Corps” posted on marines.mil:

In their attempts to solve the racial problems of the Marine Corps, Generals Chapman and Cushman called upon the advice of a Commandant’s Advisory Committee for Minority Affairs. Originally, General Chapman asked Mr. Hobart Taylor, Jr., a prominent black attorney in Washington, to investigate the racial situation in the Marine Corps After two fact-finding trips as the Commandant’s representative, one to Camp Lejeune on 22—23 June 1970 and another to Okinawa from 15—22 November, Mr. Taylor recommended that an advisory committee of interested and concerned civilians be formed.44 His suggestion was approved by the Commandant on 6 January 1971. A list of potential members was submitted for consideration on 12 April by the Equal Opportunity Branch and the final list of original members was approved in June. The first meeting of the committee was held on 6 August 1971.

Mr. Taylor served as committee chairman and the initial members included Richard A. Beaumont, W. Leonard Evans, Jr., Jose C. Gomez, Robert R. Gros, E. T. Guerrero, E. Frederick Marrow, A. B. Trowbridge, and Richard L. Vaughn. The committee was later enlarged by the addition of Dr. Lewis C. Dowdy. The members included lawyers, bankers, educators, blacks and whites, many of whom had held responsible positions in government.

The comniittee’s basic charter was “to advise on ways to bring effectively the true policy of the Marine Corps for equal opportunity to minority’ groups, ease racial tensions, and improve minority relations.”

This fairly exhaustive listing of people involved in the formation of the Marine Corps Human Relations Institute seems to lack any mention to a George W. Hampton. One would imagine that if he was as instrumental in the foundation of this organization as his biography suggests, they’d at least mention his name.

UPDATE 3: The Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona at the time of this prosecution has weighed in here, confirming the research so far.

The State of Arizona filed a civil consumer fraud lawsuit against the University of Central Arizona in the late 1970s. In the final judgment, the court prohibited the defendants from using the term “university” and from representing that degree recipients had completed doctoral level programs. The final judgment concluded that the University of Central Arizona was a two-person proprietary organization awarding doctoral degrees that “did not signify completion of a doctoral program under any recognized standards.”

The case received some national publicity. It was discussed on a Phil Donahue show devoted to diploma mills, and it was referenced in the Newsweek article attached below.

Unfortunately, I do not have a copy of the consent judgment, nor the more lengthy motion for summary judgment (which laid out details of the fraud case.) You may be able to obtain both from the Clerk’s Office of Maricopa County Superior Court.


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  1. Jim Jones said on 6 Mar 2016 at 7:58 pm:
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    you want more fun? Try searching “Dr. Hampton” or George M. Hampton…or is it ‘Hamilton’? as two of his “supporters who knew him so well” called him at the school board meeting last week…in the American Institutes and the Institute for International Research data bases. Doubt you’ll come up with much.

  2. Anonymous said on 6 Mar 2016 at 8:17 pm:
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    Some interesting fodder for you. The George Hampton Foundation facebook page has 65 likes - in just one day the stop godwin renaming page has over 300 likes. A petition to rename a school for Hampton received 258 signatures. In less than a day a petition to stop the renaming has over 370 signers.

    This *can’t* be a coordinated political effort now, could it?

  3. Casey Payne said on 6 Mar 2016 at 9:34 pm:
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    Donate to BVBL, but it’s not a charity? Please explain.

  4. Anonymous said on 6 Mar 2016 at 9:38 pm:
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    The guy says he’s a member of the Disabled Veterans of America but there’s no mention of an award for a Purple Heart or how many combat tours he served in Vietnam. I know if I’d done there and been that it’d get mentioned a lot more than membership in DAV since its more meaningful. Don’t know what to make of that.

    Maybe his VFW membership has something to do with being in Korea which is in his bio but not a whole lot of our guys got shot at by North Koreans in the 60’s.

    Theres stuff here that doesn’t make much sense.

  5. Anonymous said on 6 Mar 2016 at 10:55 pm:
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    anyone else ever hear of a charity that never gives out any money? neither have I.


  6. Anonymous said on 7 Mar 2016 at 3:07 pm:
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    What’s more amazing is according to the org’s website (http://www.gmhfoundation.org/) they are a United Way CFC (Combined Federal Campaign) affiliate. So one of the options federal employees can contribute to in the annual charity collection is the George M. Hampton Foundation.

    How much money has the organization taken from federal employees while providing no service. How much money has George Hampton and the directors of the org. Taken out for personal use?

  7. Dr said on 7 Mar 2016 at 8:52 pm:
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    It’s not racist to discover something potentially fraudulent. Such a tired and lame position to take. The university of central Arizona was a sham. Instead of hurling insults go research it. Perhaps “dr” Hampton mistakenly named his university or something else of a similar nature but he should take the time to easily answer this. Continued silence speaks volumes. He shouldn’t have his name on any school of this is true. Such a shame if true.

  8. Anonymous said on 8 Mar 2016 at 5:24 am:
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    Ok “dr” if you say so. This is nothing but a racist. Excuse to attack George Hampton and relate unrest in the community. Way to go, NATIVIST Greg.

  9. Anonymous said on 8 Mar 2016 at 3:34 pm:
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    This is HUGE. I don’t care if his charity is small, and there is no defense for naming a school for Godwin. But a bogus degree and bogus military service is a big deal if true. Was there no vetting of this guy? His name was under consideration two prior times. How was this missed? Delegate Rich Anderson even wrote a letter supporting naming a school after him. Didn’t anybody check anything out?

  10. Anonymous said on 8 Mar 2016 at 3:44 pm:
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    Thank you for your public service on this Greg. I have an uncomfortable rhetorical question. What is happening with our Marine veterans? Today I saw in the news that a former marine shot a pastor in the back shortly after that pastor met with Ted Cruz. At Trump rallies I see presumed former marines acting obscenely while sporting marine flags and paraphernalia. How could George Hampton be a marine and do these things? In any large group of people including the military there will be bad apples, but the marines are a small elite group and yet every other day I seem to run across something like what you are reporting. How is this happening?

  11. Anonymous said on 8 Mar 2016 at 7:55 pm:
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    The irony here is that any future or present school system employee must present actual transcripts to be hired, get a raise etc. Not copies, actually transcripts on the university letter head. Except if you have a doctorate…then they just believe you and you get a school named after you.

  12. Greg L said on 9 Mar 2016 at 9:55 am:
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    From today’s mailbox: “Justin Wilk was in the KLC last week (before the school board meeting) totally stressed out and emotional. He said that he cannot take the pressure and wants out of his school board responsibilities. He said he is considering finding a job that would allow him to move out of the area.”

    I have no idea at all whether this is true, but after this little escapade I don’t doubt that his experience as an elected official isn’t quite matching up to what he dreamed it might be.

  13. Anonymous said on 9 Mar 2016 at 5:01 pm:
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    I am a lifelong Virginian and I met Godwin when I was a teenager. It is a mystery to me why anyone would name a school after a man who advocated closing public schools and opening white-only private academies to resist desegregation. You seem to be getting your information about Godwin from Wikipedia, which is notoriously unreliable. They have at least two mistakes. The NAACP doesn’t endorse candidates and Godwin’s opponent in 1973 ran as an independent. Your ignorance and prejudice are well known in this county and you deserve to be ignored until you lose all of your traffic and all of your advertisers.

  14. Anonymous said on 9 Mar 2016 at 8:47 pm:
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  15. Anon said on 10 Mar 2016 at 9:36 am:
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    What is the next target for the “cultural talibanis” in this county?

  16. Anonymous said on 10 Mar 2016 at 3:43 pm:
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    According to Charity Navigator, Disabled Veterans of America is a “fake” charity criticized for playing on the name of a legitimate charity called Disabled American Veterans. Which is Hampton a member of? If he is a member of the legitimate charity he does not have to have been wounded in combat to be considered “disabled.” The military’s definition of disabled is very broad and many veterans are declared disabled for non-physical wounds and after they leave the service are then able to qualify for a variety of business and other set asides for disabled veterans. It’s a very common practice among veterans to be declared 51% disabled and does not mean that you earned a Purple Heart.

  17. Anonymous said on 11 Mar 2016 at 6:02 pm:
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    I have no time for Rich Anderson. It doesn’t surprise me that he signed the letter to name Ferlazzo for George Hampton. He was probably too busy doing his annual election year suckup to the NAACP to spend the 30 seconds necessary to find out the truth about Hampton.

  18. Jim Jones said on 11 Mar 2016 at 6:42 pm:
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    “It is a mystery to me why anyone would name a school after a man who advocated closing public schools and opening white-only private academies to resist desegregation”… Norfolk State University is a public four-year, coed, liberal arts, historically black university located in Norfolk, Virginia. In 1969, they named their student center after Mills Godwin Jr. To solve ‘this mystery’ shouldn’t the person that asks this question be asking Norfolk State University as well? …..tell me again why in 2016 we are in such an uproar of Mr. Godwin, when in 1969 a historically black college named a building after this man?

  19. Jim Jones said on 11 Mar 2016 at 6:43 pm:
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  20. Jeff Jones said on 13 Mar 2016 at 4:26 pm:
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    That’s easy to answer, Jim Jones. It was 1969 and the school was part of the state college system and needed support from the Virginia General Assembly to expand and grow, so they courted the white powers that be at the time. This is what blacks had to do to survive all over the south in those days. Today they would never do it and nobody there likely cares about what happened almost 50 years ago.

  21. Rosemary said on 14 Mar 2016 at 7:51 am:
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    Jeff Jones is full of crap. Did you pull that one out of your own set of factoids?

    If they were so offended, the name would have been changed.

    Jeff Jones, you really don’t know much about Virginia history, do you?

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