Former GPC president aims to restore public image

Former GPC president aims to restore public image

When Georgia Perimeter College experienced its $25 million budget deficit in 2014, Anthony Tricoli was terminated from his position as president of the college. 

After more than three years of open record requests, reviewing emails, University System of Georgia’s (USG) audits and the evidence provided to the courts, Georgia Watchdogs, a nonpartisan consortium of government watchdog organizations and individuals, has released a newsletter claiming the exoneration of Tricoli. The four-page newsletter cited documents that suggest Tricoli was provided with false and misleading budget reports and was in no way responsible for any budget shortfall at Georgia Perimeter College (GPC).

According to Tricoli’s attorney Stephen Humphreys, Georgia Watchdogs does not have any legal power to exonerate Tricoli. However, “It’s clearing his name in the public view,” Humphreys said. 

“What’s important about what Georgia Watchdogs has done is [the newsletter] is based on the records. It is based on the University System of Georgia’s own documents and Georgia Perimeter College’s own documents which we will be using in court,” Humphreys said. 

He added, “Anthony Tricoli when he was ousted on the basis of a bunch of falsified budget reports… he was destroyed. He has not been able to get another job.”   

According to the Nov. 23 Georgia Watchdog newsletter, the official University System audit indicated Tricoli was provided with misleading, incomplete and inaccurate budget data.  

Humphreys said, “We are under no illusions that we can stop hardball politics within the USG, or even unfair backstabbing in that political jungle. The bright line we are drawing, according to the Georgia RICO Act, is that state officials cannot commit criminal felonies to advance their personal or political agendas.”

He added, “If they commit crimes such as knowing falsification of state agency reports, which hurt GPC and Georgia taxpayers, not just Anthony Tricoli, or perjury or theft of state funds, they should be criminally prosecuted by the attorney general.”

According to the USG, it was the Chief Budget Officer (CBO), Ron Carruth who was directly responsible to the college president on all budget issues. 

The USG stated that Carruth was also responsible for providing the college president with an accurate accounting of the college’s budget throughout the year, which he failed to do according to the authors of the USG’s internal audit. 

The auditors said, “It is clear from our review that GPC’s CBO did not provide GPC’s president with timely and reliable financial information for the president’s use in managing the institution.”  

Per Carruth’s job description, he was responsible for “providing leadership and ensuring integrity, stability and excellence in the fiscal and administrative operation of the institution.” 

According to Georgia Watchdogs the findings of the audit are clearly written that “GPC’s CBO did not perform his assigned duties.” The CBO relied on budget spreadsheets developed by former Budget Director Mark Gerspacher.

In an earlier interview with WABE, current Chancellor Hank Huckaby said, “There were extenuating circumstances… a lack of transparency by Georgia Perimeter’s financial officials.” “I am supportive of the many skills and attributes that Dr. Tricoli has,” Huckaby said. 

According to the Georgia Watchdog report, the extenuating circumstances referred to by Huckaby are explained in the USG’s internal audit which stated, “Specifically, it appears that members of GPC’s cabinet, to include the former president, and both the president’s council and strategic budget committee were provided incomplete and inaccurate budget presentations made by the budget director and staff at various group meetings.” 

Tricoli filed a lawsuit in 2014 alleging conspiracy to force him out and ruin his reputation in wake of the financial scandal at the college in 2012.

However, none of the defendants were prosecuted by the attorney general and are claiming sovereign immunity, in Tricoli’s civil suit.

Georgia Watchdogs representative Sabrina Smith said, “Sovereign immunity has a long history of being misused in Georgia.”

“In cases such as this, where the attorney general refuses to investigate or prosecute, and is actually defending the state officials who intentionally falsified the GPC financial reports, as admitted and extensively documented, then other persons harmed by the illegal actions should be able to bring a suit against them, as provided in the Georgia RICO Act,” Smith said. 

She added, “State law immunity would still protect state officials when they make honest mistakes–but not when the engage in criminal conspiracies that harm the interests of the state, and that were specifically intended to harm someone like Anthony Tricoli, for example.”

Smith said if Tricoli was responsible for what occurred at GPC, Georgia Watchdogs would be just as critical, “but the documented facts show that Tricoli was a scapegoat that allowed the truth to be hidden from the public.”

Tricoli’s case is still in appeals. 

“The one thing that is important in Tricoli’s case is the expansion of sovereign immunity in this case is really remarkable… Assuming what we allege is true even if they knowingly falsified budget reports in order to steal millions of dollars of state and federal funds that they are immune. That is obviously very dangerous expansion of sovereign immunity,” Humphreys said.   

Tricoli’s attorney said earlier in the case they filed an injunction based on the evidence of false budget documents and requested that Tricoli regain employment with GPC. 

To date, Tricoli’s job has been eliminated due to a merger with Georgia State University (GSU).

GSU President Mark Becker will lead the new consolidated university.  

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61 thoughts on “Former GPC president aims to restore public image

  • December 2, 2015 at 5:55 pm
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    The website to view the entire Tricoli Exoneration document is: georgiawatchdogs.com

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  • December 2, 2015 at 6:06 pm
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    It is about time that the truth has been exposed about the situation at GPC. Dr. Tricoli was made the fall guy, and State Legislator Karla Drenner called it right shortly after all of this occurred when she said the USG used Dr. Tricoli as a scapegoat. She was 100% correct. Now what happens, can Dr. Tricoli get his job back, or another college presidency in Georgia? Or will he be receiving millions of dollars for the stupid way the USG handled all of this?

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  • December 2, 2015 at 6:57 pm
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    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and we see this in the use and abuse of “Sovereign Immunity” here in the state of Georgia. I am happy that the Georgia Watchdogs have exonerated Anthony Tricoli but the people of Georgia and perhaps all citizens of our great country would benefit from a full Federal investigation of the matter as it seems there is something bigger here to learn. We learned in the Watergate scandal that brought down a US President that we should follow the money. The false records here may not have been just to take down a successful and well liked college President but perhaps to hide an even larger theft or scandal. With Sovereign Immunity as they have defined it, they could steel tens of millions of dollars from the system and not be prosecuted. Perhaps this will be the uncovering of an immense slush fund to be enjoyed by a group of criminals with “Sovereign Immunity.” I hope the people of Georgia and the US Government demand and search for answers and the truth.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm
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    As a 15-year former University System of Georgia employee in the Office of a USG college president and a Georgia Whistleblower since 2009, I commend Dr. Anthony Tricoli! His proven integrity and exemplary reputation – both personally and professionally – set the bar far too high for the standards set by the Board of Regents of the USG. Dr. Tricoli is among the increasing number of former USG’s employees who lost their USG careers for having the courage to stand up and object to criminal, ethical and fiscal malfeasance so serious, the BOR’s attorney, Attorney General Sam Olens, is on legal record filing oppositions to prevent documents confirming the malfeasance from being made public. In Dr. Tricoli’s case, critical evidence is public, but not investigated by Attorney General Sam Olens. My prayers and support are with Dr. Tricoli – as is the support of most USG faculty, staff and students in thirty USG campuses who fear if they speak up, as Dr. Tricoli and i did, they, too, will lose their jobs. Bless you, Dr. Tricoli!

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    • December 3, 2015 at 2:16 pm
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      Thanks for the facts Sabrina and friends at Georgia WatchDawgs.

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    • December 17, 2015 at 2:39 pm
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      This is a very compelling report, and the deatils that many of us have been wanting to see since this story broke in 2012. Those of us who worked with Dr. Tricoli knew his love for GPC would never had led to this budget issue. I for one don’t believe we ever had a budget problem. Very happy to see Dr. Tricoli’s exoneration!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 7:31 pm
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    Common sense dictates that if state officials intentionally provided misleading budgets to those responsible for the financial health of GPC then they should be held accountable and prosecuted.

    I hope that Mr. Tricoli’s attorney can secure what has thus far eluded the public – an unraveling of facts that restore his reputation and career opportunities. Justice for everyone will be served if Mr. Tricoli is able to return to the workforce and help secure educational opportunities for Georgians.

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    • December 17, 2015 at 2:49 pm
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      I know Anthony personally, and is a kind and very smart fellow and he has the ethics and morales that those currently in USG leadership roles lack. Frankly, I’d like to see him running our University System. Let’s work to make that our priority!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 8:00 pm
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    In Cherokee County I think we got around the sovereign immunity defense by suing the individuals on the Board Of Commissioners outside their job titles. Please don’t give up hope, we Sweated it out on Cherokee and it is finally starting to go our way.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 8:07 pm
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    Tricolli should be fully restored to his former position. Sabrina Smith is a hero standing tenaciously for truth.

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    • December 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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      Absolutely Carolyn, I agree. What shameful acts our University System has taken on of late. The USG and Sam Olens is currently defending several similar cases of wrongdoing. Now that this information has been made public by Sabrina and her ever growing Watchdog group we need to get this man back into his job. These people clearly committed a crime against him and all of us.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 8:39 pm
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    So glad to see Mr. Tricoli stand up for his rights. This was a grave injustice and I am impressed by his tenacity in rectifying this.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 8:53 pm
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    THE TRUTH NEEDS TO BE KNOWN. COVER UPS UNCOVERED NOW! I WISH THE BEST FOR DR. TRICOLI IN HIS EFFORTS TO EXPOSE THOSE RESPONSIBLE.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 8:54 pm
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    It is very disturbing to think that because of “sovereign immunity” government employees might be able to engage in behavior that would get private businessmen in deep trouble with the law. Hopefully this case will be further investigated if a man’s career was destroyed by falsified budget reports he trusted to be accurate.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 9:13 pm
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    “state officials cannot commit criminal felonies to advance their personal or political agendas”, but obviously do so with impunity and there is no one to stop them. To ruin people with a stellar reputation such as Mr. Tricoli’s, is not only devasting for him, but shows why people are so cynical about their government officials.

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    • December 19, 2015 at 7:14 pm
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      Dr. Tricoli still has a stellar reputation with all of those who worked with him or knew him. An ethical man of the highest integrity is how I would describe him. The criminal acts committed against him should result in arrests for several USG leaders. This is shameful. He deserved the exoneration he received.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm
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    It sickens me to realize the lack of ethics of these people. To fabricate reports to reflect a positive financial position is bad enough but to ruin the reputation and livelihoods of Dr Tricoli is inexcusable. Their acts should negate any protection offered from criminal prosecution and they should also be subject to civil penalties brought by Dr Tricoli. How do you ever make up for damaging Dr Tricoli’s reputation and recoup his financial losses.

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    • December 17, 2015 at 2:56 pm
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      Unfortunately, the laws of “Sovereign Immunity” in Georgia protect state employees from being prosecuted of crimes they committed IF those crimes were committed during the time they were working as a state employee. The only thing we can do now is to change the laws through our legislators, and help Dr. Tricoli to restore the wonderful reputation he had when he worked for us here in Georgia. This entire event has been a big black eye for all Georgians.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm
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    I’m glad to see the truth coming out to help Dr. Tricoli. Sam Olens, Georgia’s Attorney General, owes more to the Georgia taxpayers than to allow theft to take place under the guise of ‘sovereign immunity’ which was never intended to protect criminal actions. What a terrible travesty of justice. Rumor has it that Olens wants to be Governor. Georgia taxpayers can do much better for themselves than to elect him!

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  • December 2, 2015 at 9:57 pm
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    It is obvious that Anthony Tricoli was not given accurate information and should not be held liable for the “theft” of these funds. That is what it appears to be…theft. When millions of dollars are involved, dishonest people find ways to cheat the system. Thanks to GA Watchdogs for exposing the truth. We wish Mr. Tricoli blessings going forward for his good name to be cleared.

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  • December 2, 2015 at 10:27 pm
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    I knew Dr. Tricoli well and it’s about time the truth got out about his innocence. This is a huge political problem in our state and measures need to be taken to enforce accountability within the university system in order to prevent such things from happening in the future.

    Dr. Tricoli is an inspirational and talented leader and I will be glad to see the day where his talents benefit young people once more.

    -Christopher M. Le Fave

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  • December 3, 2015 at 9:00 am
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    The only reason the USG did this to Dr. Tricoli was to get him out of the way so they could merge GPC under Georgia State University. All of us students loved him. He was a very well liked president in the community, and the USG couldn’t take the chance that he might stop the merger. Stupidly, the USG broke laws in doing this. GPC is now a total and complete mess. I’m glad I no longer study there.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 9:53 am
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    Now that Dr. Tricoli has been exonerated, I hope will we soon see those who lied to him and who committed fraud be prosecuted to the full extent of the law?

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  • December 3, 2015 at 9:57 am
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    As a 15-year former University System of Georgia employee in the Office of a USG college president and a Georgia Whistleblower since 2009, I commend Dr. Anthony Tricoli! His proven integrity and exemplary reputation – both personally and professionally – set the bar far too high for the standards set by the Board of Regents of the USG. Dr. Tricoli is among the increasing number of former USG’s employees who lost their USG careers for having the courage to stand up and object to criminal, ethical and fiscal malfeasance so serious, the BOR’s attorney, Attorney General Sam Olens, is on legal record filing oppositions to prevent documents confirming the malfeasance from being made public. In Dr. Tricoli’s case, critical evidence is public, but not investigated by Attorney General Sam Olens. My prayers and support are with Dr. Tricoli – as is the support of most USG faculty, staff and students in thirty USG campuses who fear if they speak up, as Dr. Tricoli and i did, they, too, will lose their jobs. Bless you, Dr. Tricoli!

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  • December 3, 2015 at 10:34 am
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    So happy to see the truth come out and the reputation of an honest and effective educator restored.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 11:23 am
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    Dr. Tricoli wasn’t a good fit for the culture of corruption in GA, he had to be removed. Sam Olens should go out with his tail tucked for not doing the job we pay him to do. It’s up to all of us to expose this wrong doing.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 11:41 am
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    Dr. Tricoli and the people of Georgia deserve better than this. Why won’t Sam Olens revisit this issue? His job is to deliver justice for the people of the State and this has not yet happened. Please, sir, do the right thing.

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  • December 3, 2015 at 11:42 am
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    As an attorney, it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around the notion that our legislature could pass, and our governor could sign, a racketeering statute dealing with Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations and our top prosecutor in Georgia would declare that it’s inapplicable to government officials, unless they’ve specifically agreed to allow such prosecutions.Does Sam really think that there is honor among thieves sufficient to acknowledge being racketeer-influenced and corrupt?

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  • December 3, 2015 at 2:52 pm
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    It should be stressed that there is lots of concrete documentary evidence that the repeated falsifications of the Georgia Perimeter College financials were not merely negligent or incompetent but were knowing and intentional.

    In the aftermath of those knowing falsifications, at least $9 million in state and federal funds remain unaccounted for to this day, and no one is looking to find where the money went–not Georgia Perimeter College–not the University System of Georgia–and not the Attorney General of Georgia, Sam Olens.

    In fact, Olens is defending the state officials who, as Olens himself acknowledges, misrepresented the financials.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 1:01 pm
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    Lots of scandals in the educational systems in GA!

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    • December 20, 2015 at 9:01 am
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      Correct, many scandals are currently under review by the courts right now. The USG has always been known to have these types of issues, but never have they been as numerous or as blatant as they are under the Huckaby administration. They change out presidents quicker than any educational system in America. A study once showed 100% turnover of their 36 presidents every seven years. It’s all about power and control. Tricoli was a casualty of the good ‘ol boy system in Georgia. This is the most politically corrupt system in the nation.

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  • December 4, 2015 at 4:08 pm
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    It is gratifying to see Dr. Anthony Tricoli vindicated. His honesty and integrity stand in stark contrast to the corrupt and incompetent people occupying positions of authority in the State of Georgia as well as the state university system.

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  • December 7, 2015 at 9:51 pm
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    The thing that gets me is… How in the heck do these folks in Georgia get away with this kind of corruption? I have been following this story since David Schick, the journalist/reporter at GPC, blew the lid off this. OMG…as soon as David Schick asked for records and emails (via the open records request) to prove Dr. Tricoli’s innocence, the administration at GPC stonewalled him and then they increased the price per page so this starving student couldn’t get access to the records. Then, to make matters even worse, the Interim President (Rob Watts) issued an inter-office memo to change the records retention requirement (so they could purge the data). Holly crap… Can you spell C-O-R-R-U-P-T-I-O-N? This is a crime committed by the good-ole boys, led by Sam Olens. Good thing Dr. Tricoli was exonerated – but this is still a shame that he had to go through what it did!. Some lucky college will pick him up and I am sure he will pick up right where he left off – with many impressive accomplishments.

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  • December 9, 2015 at 8:38 am
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    The power of prayer has the ability and capability and capacity to move upon a given object, area, individual (Dr. Anthony Tricoli) or entity and relocate it with such impact that it no longer occupies at its previous position. You may not be where you want to be but you have conquered this hurdle just like Jesus conquered death, hell, the grave, sin and satin on Resurrection Sunday.

    You are covered by the blood of Jesus and that mess that they tried to destroy you with is your post Pentecost experience this is your Passover (justice). So rejoice with me your brilliant future cause it’s going to be greater than you exasperating latter.

    Considering you live in a county that calls themselves great but, stole this land from Cochise, Geronimo & Sitting Bull; build on the back of Aunt Jemima, Uncle Leroy and Bro Fiddler; then worked them for 246 years and still haven’t paid them back.

    It is my priceless privilege to celebrate with you,

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  • December 10, 2015 at 1:43 pm
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    This is why Tricoli has been exonerated, and its why he will win in court too.

    Straight out of the USG Final Audit dated 9/17/2012:

    “It is clear from our review that GPC’s CBO did not provide GPC’s President with timely and reliable financial information for the President’s use in managing the institution.”

    “GPC’s CBO did not perform his assigned duties. GPC’s former CBO, per his job description, is the “chief financial officer of the college, responsible to the President for providing leadership and ensuring integrity, stability and excellence in the fiscal and administrative operations of the institution.” He is to establish a “sound, stable financial base and adequate physical resources that support the mission and scope of programs and services of the institution.” Further, the CBO is to “develop and administer the college budgets, financial strategic planning, and administrative program assessment to maximize the most efficient and effective use of resources.” However, GPC’s former CBO indicated that he did not review GPC’s financial statements and that he essentially relied on the Budget Director and AVP to bring budget-related fiscal issues to his attention. We agree that he was responsible for the institution’s fiscal operations in the overall context of his accountability to the former President.”

    “…….essentially every primary duty of the Budget Director was left unfulfilled.” He [Budget Director] also stated in an affidavit signed for former President Tricoli that he did not believe there were any budget deficits and that he never brought concerns about budget deficits to the attention of the former President.”

    “A significant inaccuracy regarding personal services was budgeting of fringe benefits. GPC understated the fringe benefits that corresponded with each employee on the payroll. This understatement has been estimated at $6.7 million.”

    “GPC’s former fiscal leadership team relied on inaccurate, internally generated spreadsheets that did not correspond to the General Ledger. Specifically, it appears that members of GPC’s cabinet, to include the former President, and both the President’s Council and the Strategic Budget Committee were provided incomplete and inaccurate budget presentations made by the CBO and the Budget Director at various group meetings. The CBO relied on budget spreadsheets developed by the Budget Director. We found three such presentations for FY 10, 11, and 12 and noted that presentations were not representative of GPC’s financial condition.”

    In addition to all of this, multiple budgets were found in the top drawer of the desk of the former GPC Budget Director. The college president was provided with false and misleading budget data, and this is why he has been exonerated in Georgia.

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    • December 19, 2015 at 7:08 pm
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      This is all very interesting, I must wonder why the Attorney General and University System failed to share the results of their audit in 2012? I also wonder why they failed to correct the public record instead of allowing Dr. Tricoli to take a fall for something he did not do. I am shaking my head in embarrassment for our public officials. Good job to Georgia Watchdogs for disclosing these facts.

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    • December 25, 2015 at 11:18 am
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      Thank you for this explanation. Those of us who worked at GPC trusted Anthony, he was down to earth and he always valued our thoughts and opinions. It was hard to believe any of this. I’m happy to see his name has been restored. He is highly respectful of others, a truly great leader and wonderful man.

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  • December 14, 2015 at 9:54 am
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    Dr. Tricoli was hurt by the people below him, and he was set up by a guy in the System Office. He enjoyed one success after the other, and was named the top president in the state of Georgia. Then Chancellor Davis left the USG, and Huckaby was hired, immediately Tricoli was targeted. Too much success in Georgia for this California boy. He is a great leader of people and and great college president. I hope he gets another college presidency soon. Damn the USG for what they did to him and our college.

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    • December 17, 2015 at 10:01 am
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      I agree 100%. This is shameful that this happened at our college. Tricoli got the shaft. We were doing great there for several years under his leadership. We are upside down now with a very uncertain future. I hope those people listed in the lawsuit go to jail for fraud.

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  • December 17, 2015 at 9:53 am
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    Unfortunatey Dr. Tricoli and the entire college had to deal with a few individuals in the budget and finance department who were unworthy of our trust. The EVP and his direct reports lied to the Strategic Planning Budget Committee over and over again. They gave all of us all false documents, and there was no way that any of us (including Dr. Tricoli) could have known they were falsifying our budgets. Their actions were/are shameful and hurt many innocent people including the wonderful president we had in Dr. Tricoli. This exoneration by this Georgia organization helps many of us at GPC to smile again. As has been said here before, Dr. Tricoli was a good man done wrong.

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    • December 28, 2015 at 12:46 am
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      Anthony Tricoli took the moral high ground……and suffered the consequences. He did everything right……and he had everything wrong done to him. Finally, he’s been exonerated….it’s about time.

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  • January 8, 2016 at 11:12 am
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    The sovereign immunity defense is the biggest scam played on any public by their government. There is no way those who lied to and committed fraud against Dr. Tricoli should get away with the crimes they committed. They should go to jail for their white collar crime. After all, a crime is a crime!

    Also, Dr. Tricoli should be reinstated or paid a ton of money for what the state employee criminals did to his career and livelihood. He is caring man and did not deserve any of this.

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  • February 15, 2016 at 3:40 pm
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    Dr. Tricoli was president of the college and had access to all state audit reports. In fact, anyone with a computer has access to them. As the university special report notes, Dr. Tricoli chose not to attend the state audits after 2009, so “while the cats away the mice will play.” It appears that the upper level of administration at the college was asleep at the wheel. No one was doing their job because the top person (president) wasn’t paying attention. Sorry, Dr. Tricoli, you should have been more attentive to the budget of the institution you were charged with overseeing. You and many other people suffered terribly for your lack of oversight.

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  • February 22, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    I agree. Tricoli should have done what many of his counterparts at other USG institutions did without being told: he should have attended the yearly state budget meetings whether he had to or not. If the budget goes south, so does the institution. That’s Leadership 101. Instead he didn’t attend any after 2009. Carruth didn’t attend many either. It appears both did not fulfill their responsibilities. If they had done their jobs, none of this would have happened. No excuses, please. Accept responsibility and move on.

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  • February 29, 2016 at 11:46 am
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    At Perimeter College, almost four years later, the overall feeling of faculty and staff alike, particularly those whose colleagues lost their jobs, is of regret that the former president, Anthony Tricoli, wasn’t more attentive to detail, particularly the detail surrounding the budget. IF he had ONLY attended the yearly state budget meetings, he would have known about the deteriorating finances even though reports were also sent from the state to his office. Nothing should have taken precedence over his yearly attendance and he should have gone on his own, without being told. Apparently, when Vice President Carruth saw how slack President Tricoli was, he too stopped attending. Then Carruth’s direct report saw how slack he was, and the rest is history. What happened at the college occurred because of utter incompetency.

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    • July 22, 2016 at 6:28 am
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      Read the lawsuit and the piles of evidence, Tricoli was lied to just like you were. He did his job, they provided him with false budgets. This was no mistake. The plan was to get him out in order to merge the college. So where are you now…..merged.

      So the plan worked, the college was merged, are you happy? Dr. Tricoli was never slack, he was a great college president and leader, and we were lucky to have him as our leader. He did everything right, and he had everything wrong done to home. All of this was shameful, but you cannot blame Dr,
      Tricoli for the covert actions taken against home. Blame those listed on the lawsuit filed against the USG for RICO crimes.

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  • March 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm
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    This “fall-guy” scenario is nonsense. GPC had serial deficits under Tricoli, at least three years running, so this was not a one-time event. State audits show that GPC overspent its budget by millions of dollars for 3-4 years in a row and depleted its cash reserves to almost nothing. GPC was using reserves to pay for operational expenses, a wreckless practice. No president should attempt to justify his failure with the childish refrain, “I didn’t know!!!” “It was set up!!!” Tricoli needs to man-up and accept responsibility.

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    • March 30, 2016 at 11:25 am
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      During the entire time period to which Theo refers, the extensive documentation shows that the EVP of Finance knowingly misrepresented the budget (reporting surpluses), the spending of cash reserves, and the state audit reports–not only to the President, but to the Strategic Planning Committee, the Faculty Senate, and the President’s Cabinet. That entails criminal felony responsibility for falsifying state agency reports.

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    • July 22, 2016 at 6:20 am
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      Stephen is absolutely correct. He has the facts straight. State reports were falsified to Dr. Tricoli. I was on the Strategic Planning Budget Committee, and we were all intentionally misled by Carruth, Champion, and Gerspacher. Dr. Tricoli was as innocent in all of this as the rest of us were, they lied to him too.

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  • April 4, 2016 at 12:10 pm
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    Perhaps someone with a legal background could clarify: If “extensive documentation” exists as Stephen states showing the EVP of Finance “knowingly misrepresented” the budget, this would be a criminal case. It has been 4 years since Anthony Tricoli resigned from Georgia Perimeter College as a result of the $25M budget deficit that occurred under his tenure. However, no criminal charges have been made against anyone. How is this possible if incriminating “extensive documentation” exists?

    Secondly, the Georgia Appeals Court in the Tricoli vs. Watts, USG, et al, suit alleging RICO ruled 5 to 1 against Tricoli and in favor of Watts on 3/30/16. Was this RICO suit civil or criminal?

    Finally, the lawsuit against the Boys and Girls Club of the Monroe Area in Tennessee alleging that its Director Anthony Tricoli sexually harassed and discriminated against Club employees was filed in “Federal” court on 3/1/16. See the article in the Advocate and Democrat available online, 3/10/16, entitled “Federal lawsuit filed against Boys and Girls Club” or the link below. The article states “that the lawsuit focuses mainly on the alleged actions of one man, the Club’s Executive Director Anthony Tricoli.” Why is this a “federal” case and not a state case?

    http://www.advocateanddemocrat.com/news/article_2788f40a-e6d8-11e5-84c6-fbf31468e22a.html

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    • July 22, 2016 at 6:15 am
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      That bogus case has already been dismissed RDJ. And the mountain of evidence prepared by Tricoli’s attorney proved with certainty that you and others intentionally harmed him. Unfortunately, sovereign immunity saved your tail…..for the time being.

      However a civil case against you will likely be on its way shortly. Say goodbye to your property and you savings. Your mouth always gets in the way of your brain. You are an embarrassment to the world of Journalism with all of your biased and targeted reporting with no facts; yes an embarrassment to all of us who work with you. Stop your sick, sociopathic pettiness RDJ. We are all tired of you and we want you to leave our college.

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  • April 8, 2016 at 4:34 am
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    If ” Former GPC President Tricoli Aims to Restore Public Image”, then this isn’t the way to do it.

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  • June 10, 2016 at 3:35 pm
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    At any enterprise, the buck stops with the person at the top.

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  • July 22, 2016 at 6:01 am
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    The 8 responses directly above this one were all written by the same individual using different names. He also happens to be named in the lawsuit filed by Tricoli. He should be very careful, for he’s already been warned about slander and libel. He is angry because Dr. Tricoli removed him from his position as the Director of the Writers Institute because of his incompetence. You’ve got to come to work to get your job done, and you can’t fool around with women on the job. You are a narcissist and a sociopath and that is why you lost your job RDJ you are a loser.

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  • October 25, 2016 at 1:18 pm
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    There was nothing criminal in this fiasco that was Georgia Perimeter College because no criminal charges were ever filed by any district attorney. And I don’t think even “RDJ is a loser and sociopath”above will say that all DA’s are in the pocket of the USG. Just pure incompetence at all levels led to the demise of Georgia Perimeter. It was just bad management, and the college president (Dr. Anthony Tricoli) had to accept responsibility and he did when he was rterminated. Without a budget, there’s no college and former President Tricoli should have taken multiple steps including attending the state budget hearings that focus on his institution to verify the numbers. But alas he didn’t and GPC is no more since the leadership failed in 2012 and again in 2015 with Rob Watts.

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