Friday, April 9, 2010

Is new Director of new Tulane Madison Campus on the board of FAIM?

Tulane University recently named Sherry Murphy Chance as the Director of its Madison campus. The Madison campus will be the second one the esteemed New Orleans university has opened in Mississippi.

What is interesting is Ms. Chance is the former wife of FAIM's Bill Murphy and a board member of FAIM. The screenshot posted nearby was taken this week from the website of the Fine Arts Institute of Mississippi. Her name was removed from the site very recently. Ms. Chance was not listed as a board member on the 2008 or 2007 form 990's so the appointment must have been made in 2009.

As previously posted, FAIM has been denied a renewal of their gaming license by the Gaming Commission, and is also awaiting the final word from the Secretary of State's office after a hearing last month. The state ruled much of the charity's money was not used for the stated charitable purpose and and the charity improperly used funds for personal expenses and undocumented expenses by Murphy, including a salary of over $140,000, while giving very little to "the arts". The state also ruled FAIM violated the law in hiring Tim Johnson as a lobbyist. FAIM still kept Tim Johnson retained as a "marketing specialist" for $3,000 a month after the state voiced its concerns about FAIM hiring a lobbyist. The state also found that the Tim Johnson's wife operated another charity that funneled $25,000 to FAIM while FAIM lied to the state about the source of said income.

It should be pointed out Ms. Chance was not named in any of the shenanigans that went on at FAIM and she has an excellent reputation as an educator. However, it is interesting Ms. Chance was first a board member, then she wasn't at about the same time a prestigious university announces she will be the director of its Madison campus


Anonymous said...

Man, don't tell me that, I was looking pretty closely at them.

chrissy cheshire said...

Sherry Chance is an incredible lady... she will be a great asset to that campus!!!!

Kingfish said...

By all accounts I've heard she is a good educator and administrator.

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Anonymous said...

Can you confirm whither or not she has made any statements? I have been following this bunch every since the story broke but I somehow I miss this one...

Anonymous said...

Saw Murphy at Bonefish tonight....He looks horrible. I don't if that was his wife Sherry Murphy but she was very sad herself but cute....

Anonymous said...

Why want you people get a life...They are all fine people.

Anonymous said...

This should be checked out, thanks KF !!!

Anonymous said...

10:24 You live in a society that feeds off image and materialistic objectives. Change comes slow in these here parts.

Anonymous said...

I don't understand why Tulane would put such a controversial person in charge. She was on the Board of a charity PROVEN to have misused charitable money.

Anonymous said...

Anyone connected to FAIM and Billy Murphy should really be looked at, and definitely should not be in charge of a college campus! Board members have a fiduciary responsibility to know what is going on, and the charity of which she was a part, was shown to be crooked.

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