Pat Haden, the outgoing athletic director at the University of Southern California, has raised eyebrows because of his lucrative part-time charity work recently unveiled by a Los Angeles Times investigation
Haden, his daughter, and sister-in-law collected $2.4 million from the George Henry Mayr Foundation for part-time roles between 1999 and 2014, the Times reported. During that time, "scholarship spending plunged to a three-decade low and the size of its endowment stagnated" wrote the Times.
Their roles reportedly involved as little as an hour of work per week. Haden, who was an adviser to the foundation in 1998 and was named board chairman the following year, claimed $1.2 million.
The $25-million foundation provides youth with scholarships to California educational institutions.
The Times examined the foundation’s federal tax returns from 1999 to 2014, revealing that the foundation paid board fees as high as $84,000 to Haden. His sister-in-law, Catherine Grier Olson, received more than $750,000 since becoming a board member in 2000.
In 2014, the foundation gave out $645,000 in scholarships while paying $244,000 to board members and Haden's daughter Natalie O’Connor, who held part-time positions with the foundation, the Times reported.
A spokesman for Haden defended the payments to the Times.
USC spokesman Tim Tessalone told the Times that Haden was stepping down from his role as chairman of the foundation for health reasons but would remain as an unpaid volunteer board member.
In February, Haden announced that he would retire as USC's athletic director on June 30, to take a one-year post leading the renovation of the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, The Associated Press reported
"Pat has accomplished USC's objectives here through his distinct blend of integrity, energy, wisdom, and character," school president Max Nikias said in a letter announcing Haden's retirement.
Twitter users shared mixed reactions to the report.
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