2nd professor quits amid ranking scandal at Missouri college

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A second professor has resigned from the University of Missouri-Kansas City after an audit found that its business school knowingly submitted false data when applying for rankings and awards from national organizations.

The university said Friday that John Norton's exodus as associate director of its Regnier Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation will take effect March 15.

Norton's supervisor, Michael Song, quit as the institute's director last week.

Norton told auditors he felt pressured by Song to do improper things related to the ratings but didn't speak up because he feared for his job and believed in Song's vision for the institute.

In a statement released by the school, Norton says he remains passionate about teaching entrepreneurship but believes his "role in events of recent weeks may distract from that mission."