Bland's Words Echo Kofi Annan's
Prince George's County Council member Marilynn Bland recently touted the "academic journey" that has led her to receive a doctoral degree, including in her news release quotes from the dissertation she said she wrote.
However, the dissertation quotes in the release appear to be copied from a report by former U.N. secretary general Kofi Annan. The degree is the first honorary diploma given by the Springfield Christian College and Theological Seminary, an institution with ties to Bland's top aide that has no government accreditation.
Although the release notes that Bland's doctorate is of "Humane Letters," a designation often used in academia for honorary diplomas, its honorary status is not stated explicitly.
Bland (D-Clinton) did not comment for this report. David J. Billings III, Bland's chief of staff, said despite its honorary status, the doctorate is a "real degree." In an interview, he blamed a 17-year-old intern for writing a news release that attributed Annan's words to Bland.
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