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Posted at 3:35 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Fenty to teach at Oberlin in the fall

By Nikita Stewart

Former Mayor Adrian M. Fenty will return to his alma mater Oberlin College as a distinguished visiting professor of politics, a featured lecturer and a career adviser in the Department of African American Studies.

Fenty, a 1992 graduate who majored in economics and English at the Ohio college, will participate in in a politics course in the spring, according to a news release issued by the college.

In the fall, he will co-teach an introductory course on American politics with mentor and professor Paul Dawson. The news release described the class as focusing "on the relationship between politics and public policy" and said Fenty is working on a case study of his administration focusing on education reform.

In October, Fenty confirmed that he was in talks with the college about teaching after his reelection loss.

According to the news release, Fenty isn't moving. He will continue to live in the District to "manage a portfolio of consulting clients, participate in speaking engagements, and advocate for education reform and other urban policy initiatives."

Fenty now has three jobs: Oberlin visiting professor, outside adviser and counsel to a Philadelphia-based firm and speaker-for-hire with a Manhattan talent agency.

"I couldn't be more excited about the opportunity to come back to Oberlin," Fenty said in the news release. "My experience at Oberlin greatly influenced my outlook and beliefs. I'm looking forward to working with the next generation of students who want to make a difference."

The faculty and leadership at Oberlin reacted with excitement, according to the news release:

"Oberlin College is delighted to have Adrian Fenty on campus as a visiting professor,"
Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov said. "His ability to relate timely, personal experiences will be a significant contribution to the discussion and teaching of political thought. Our students will benefit greatly from Fenty's participation in teaching and mentoring."

"We're excited that Mr. Fenty will bring his legal background and public service experience to the Department of Politics," Oberlin Politics Professor and Department Chair Harry Hirsch said. "We look forward to providing opportunities for Fenty to meet informally with students to discuss the ways in which their academic training and social concerns can lead to public service careers."

The student body may not be as excited if it agrees with a writer for The Oberlin Review, who says Fenty's record makes the hire "potentially problematic."

By Nikita Stewart  | January 19, 2011; 3:35 PM ET
Categories:  Mayor Fenty, Nikita Stewart  | Tags:  Adrian M. Fenty, adrian fenty, nikita stewart, oberlin college  
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Hey kids, just don't ask him any questions or he'll get all huffy and cranky. Maybe you'll get lucky and he'll be too busy training for a triathlon to show up for class.

Posted by: blankspace | January 19, 2011 5:01 PM | Report abuse

I know I'm a couple days late, but...

I have a dream... that one day soon the WaPo will finally stop gushing breathlessly over Adrian Fenty's every move.

If he does indeed end up teaching a course at Oberlin, it had better be called "Political Puppetry for Dummies."

Posted by: nan_lynn | January 19, 2011 5:38 PM | Report abuse

"Hey Mr. Fenty, these grade values don't add up to 100%, and there seems to be contradictory evaluation criteria in the sylla--"

(kicks over lectern) "I'M THE F--KING PROFESSOR!"

Posted by: purpledrank | January 19, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

"The student body may not be as excited if it agrees with a writer for The Oberlin Review, who says Fenty's record makes the hire 'potentially problematic.'"
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It appears that the students at Oberlin are extremely bright!

I wonder if Fenty's course will be titled "How Not to Succeed in Politics."

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 19, 2011 6:24 PM | Report abuse

It's amazing that completely incompetent and and unintelligent people can land such prime positions. Proves that in this country, it's not what you know but who you know that gets one ahead.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 19, 2011 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Adrian is taking a huge gamble, once the students realize how dumb and inept he is they will be very vocal.

Posted by: diahhna | January 19, 2011 11:17 PM | Report abuse

Fenty did more for this city than any mayor past and present. He had the substance but not the right style. Too bad the ignorant voters did not see this.

Posted by: voter20 | January 20, 2011 7:17 AM | Report abuse

Why is this guy still in the news? Most DC voters or residents don't care about Fenty's future or where he moves.

Posted by: JonBonJovi | January 20, 2011 10:17 AM | Report abuse

“Oberlin College as a distinguished visiting professor of politics, a featured lecturer and a career adviser in the Department of African American Studies.”

Bahahahahaha….professor of politics…..bahahahahaa adviser in the Department of African American Studies.
This is nothing less than Hypocrisy.

Hypocrisy “is the state of pretending to have beliefs, opinions, virtues, feelings, qualities, or standards that one does not actually have. Hypocrisy involves the deception of others and is thus a kind of lie.”

Sounds like Fenty to me. He had a failed political career, the jury is still out on Rhee’s 3 and half years and it looks her “reform efforts” where smoke and mirrors and Fenty was blasted for ignoring his AA constituents.
Really Oberlin?

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 20, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

Blank stare at Voter20. Please provide examples…cause last I heard he blew a billion dollar SURPLUS and the city is in the red. Do I need to post my long list again.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 20, 2011 10:42 AM | Report abuse

to voter20: Apparently you didn't live here during Anthony Williams' terms as mayor. He's the one who really turned DC around. Fenty rode his coattails and spent the $ he banked for DC.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | January 20, 2011 12:00 PM | Report abuse

LOL@ lildiva. You beat me to it.

"Fenty" and "African American Studies" shouldn't be used in the same sentence.

Posted by: logosdesigns | January 20, 2011 12:17 PM | Report abuse

Fenty was the best Mayor this city could have. He was so good that many of the ignorant portion of the city's population didn't realize it. The sad truth is that his own people took him down like they take down anyone who is better than the average ignorant lazy.
While many African American people in DC are good, caring people, the louder crowd didn't think Fenty represented them.

Fenty has been blamed of being arrogant and corrupted but who really believes Vincent Gray is not worse. We have the fence example, the lottery example, the inauguration...What about Kwame Bown or Harry THomas...aren't they corrupted or arrogant?

It is amazing to me that people have so much jealousy of Fenty. If you look at the blogs, there are almost no comments about anything that has to do with Gray. Yet, one new on Fenty and all of the haters jump to write about it. Fenty is young, handsome, healthy, and is admired by many whether those many want to spend their time or not responding these blogs.

I have no interest to engage in this type of activity but it is incredibly unfair to keep destroying the reputation of a man who worked hard for this city. This administration is lucky that this winter will not be so rough because I don't believe they could handle the snow the way Fenty did. This is already a slow government whether the citizens complain or not. The day of the snow I didn't see salt anywhere in my area... god help us all if we have another blizzard.

I am happy Fenty is landing in good places and I am not surprised. I wish hi the best and I thank him for his dedication and the sacrifices he and his family made during his tenure as Mayor. He will not be forgotten.

I wish Vincent Gray the best and I hope he works with at least half of the urgency Mayor Fenty had.

Posted by: ignorantcity | January 20, 2011 4:50 PM | Report abuse

In my Allen Iverson (practice voice). You think this is about Snow!

The race was beyond “personality”. Below is a partial list of reasons why Fenty lost. Take some time out and Google them if you want to learn more, but please stop marginalizing the voters of D.C

To the Fenty supports STOP REWRITING D.C. History. Mayor Anthony Williams EXISTED for 8 years and within those EIGHT years he was able to get D.C. an A+ Bond rating, crime was down, he wanted to take over the schools, but Fenty voted no, development picked up, city services improved and oh it was the residents of Ward 8 who formed the exploratory committee to elect Anthony Williams.

So Anthony Williams set up the car that got D.C. moving and all Gestapo Fenty had to do was Stir. But yet he chooses to:
-83million laundered to friends

- Issuing check for $2.5 million to Banneker Associates despite an on-going investigation

-No job plan for those who are un-employed in the District.

-Attorney General who enters into agreements providing financial payments to groups under current investigation by the city council.

- Fenty's God Father (no he really is) Peter Nickels aka Attorney General for City, yet never defends the citizens of D.C

-Peachoholics given 10 million funding without written contracts or results.
-D.C. Youth Facility inmates escape and kill D.C. residents

-Shut down the Department of Mental Health (who will mostly likely use the new hospital owned by the city)

-Firing Grace Wiggins types (meaning any D.C. civil servants who sides with District residents seeking to keep their place of residents affordable)

- Pretty much denying any Agency Director the ability to testify at council hearings

-Nominating unqualified individuals to influential boards

-having a $75,000 heater installed in his favorite city pool (Hains Point)

- having his name scrawled in super sized letters on the new soccer field
-using city money to throw a frat party

-Cut D.C. Fire Cadet Program (few programs that allowed 18-22 yr to become firefighters).

- Summer Youth debacle (years 2007 -2010) has overspent $30 million in the last three yrs
-Peter Nickels refusing to make public the books on NCRC and AWC (it's beleived that his wife was paid off some of these deals)

-Fire Truck Scandal (Please google Mr. David Jannarone) now Deputy Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development

-HIV rates climbed to the highest and federal money mismanaged (Bars HIV Director from meeting w/ HUD’s top brass to discuss why Federal money wasn't spent)

-Bulit 400k doggy parks

-Maintaining friendships with Ron Moten (former drug dealer and CEo of Peacaholics see above about 10 million awarded) types who intimidate citizens and elected officials

-using police resources to stop traffic so that his friends can ride bikes

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 20, 2011 5:11 PM | Report abuse

-maintained associates with I don’t recall Sinclair Skinner and OMG Karim aka Banneker Associates Bandits who also worked with David Jannarone aka Fire truck man. Skinner and OMG Karim were the middle men who received an outrages “Fees” for construction contracts. The most interesting part is that neither have past their engineering test and aren’t license to do the job.

- OCTO (Office of Cheif Tech Officer) Scandal (google Yusuf Acar) multimillion-dollar embezzlement scam w/kickbacks, contract steering and ghost employees. Also it's beleived that while several DC employees were fired many new employees are here on H1B visa's

-handling of the Banita Jacks case. Fired workers without knowing the true extent of how their case loads had jumped. Didn't provide the resouces to help said caseworkers.

- D.C. tax office scandal ($20 million)

-Moves David Jannaron (fire truck man aka) to be second in charge (Deputy) at DHCD

-Federal investigation opened investigating ANOTHER employee in the city's workers'
compensation agency (google Kelly Valentine)

-Planned to cut housing for homeless families in lieu extending Summer youth one week

-Security fee’s waive for some events. D.C. doesn’t collected need revenue. An example is the $485,000 fee waived for the National Marathon alone. In hard times like these are these wise decisions? Also how does the administration determine who is waived and who is not.

-Vetoing the pay-to-vote bill based on recommendations from his **cough** volunteer campaign strategist, thugnificant…gov’t name Ron Moton.
-Director of DDOT also owner of Zip Cars and on the Go Food …conflict of interest?

-Using gov’t resources (i.e voter registration mailers) to mail Fenty Campaign information.

- The average number of Freedom of Information Act requests wholly denied by the city has quadrupled under Fenty, while the average number of requests has stayed constant to previous administrations

- Fenty administration takes more than four years to implement the living wage bill.

-Inclusionary zoning law (one for affordable housing) took almost 3 yrs to develop and implement

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 20, 2011 5:12 PM | Report abuse

A great leader doesn't take a billion dollar surplus and squander it down during a recession to an amount just enough to pay the interest on the cities debt. It doesn't take a courageous leader to SPEND money when revenue is declining, quite the opposite.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 20, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

The students at Oberlin are going to feel cheated when they start to ask Feney intelligent questions and they get unintelligent answers.

The only people who think Fenty did a great job is his wife and the people who got no bid multi-million dollar contracts. The investigation and indictment will tell the real story. The fact that Fenty has two things to do ( I am not counting signing up to give speeches, that is not a job unless someone hires him) only means that he could not land a really big high profile job in DC or NY. The majority of the residents in DC know that he is corrupt, inept, small minded and unintelligent.

Posted by: diahhna | January 20, 2011 7:55 PM | Report abuse

thelildiva4u, you go girl! LOL LOL

Posted by: CaptainKangaroo | January 20, 2011 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Thank you Ignorantcity.

and diahhna.. sounds like you lost a job because the administration found that you were inept. I doubt that the "majority of the residents in DC know that he is corrupt, inept, small minded and unintelligent".. because they also voted him in the first time. So, making blanket statements as such and claiming that he will be indicted (which has not happened and doesn't seem like it will happen) is very "small minded" on your part.

Why can't you let it go.. He was the mayor, he is moving on...aren't you done yet?

ps. and I am not anyone that got a no bid multi-million dollar contract..
just believe what Ignorant City had to say.

All the best to him in his future.. and
all the best to Mr. Gray in his efforts to provide "one city" and move the city forward....

and I would take the time to respond to all of lildiva's comments.. but not wasting my time...

Just keeping it moving forward..and
comments about correcting this city vs dogging it would be more appreciated.. and I still haven't seen any from the same people that it was requested from.

I am sure you can STILL pick up petitions to enter the At Large Council Race since you seem to have all the bashing comments... but are not offering any of the solutions.

Posted by: pdv1 | January 20, 2011 10:39 PM | Report abuse

PDV1 AKA Michelle Fenty- I did not lose a job. However, I know several people he fired because they dared to question him. Like the person from the department of recreation who challenged your sons being too old to be in the pee wee league. Additionally, he won the first time because he fooled a lot of people, he lost the second time because people's eyes were opened to how corrupt and inept he is.

Posted by: diahhna | January 21, 2011 1:01 AM | Report abuse

The former mayor of DC is not a good speaker. He can definitely use some speech classes. I am not surprised at Oberlin's move to allow Fenty to teach there. They are a left wing liberal institution.

I am surprised the former mayor is teaching African American studies. Fenty's mother is white. By his actions towards DC black community and the late civil rights icon Ms. Dorothy Irene Height, he doesn't deserve to teach black or African American studies because Fenty has no black ancestry in the United States. This guy is a joke. Leave it to liberal whites to defend him.

Posted by: RushLimbaurg | January 21, 2011 2:08 AM | Report abuse

Dear Diahhna:

I wish i were Michelle Fenty, an intelligent beautiful lady.... but again, I repeat....
your negative comments are continuous.
He has moved on, can you not, by telling us what you would do to correct the situations mentioned above?
What type of correction would you put in placement if you were in the Department of Recreation and that had happened?
THat was 3 years ago... is that all you can do is harp on these things.

Why not take the time to volunteer for the Department of Recreation.. I see you out there all the time yelling about that one incident... yet, what have you done?

Posted by: pdv1 | January 21, 2011 6:59 AM | Report abuse

@pdv1:You seem like the GOP in that you want to stifle a persons right to express their opinion if it isn't one that you share. You will likely find a friendlier audience at the Washington Times.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 21, 2011 9:36 AM | Report abuse

Believe me pdv1 is Michelle Fenty and I have known it for sometime, when I first started reading your comments I knew it was you. Believe me others do as well.

Posted by: diahhna | January 21, 2011 10:21 AM | Report abuse

Pdv1 the fact that you even reference my screen name speaks volumes!

If he has moved on then he needs to send a memo to washpo that they need to move on too. Commentors have the right to express their thoughts and feelings, especially since the Washpo allows for folks to comment on blog post.

Maybe it's best that you write them an email if you feel so STRONGLY about this issue.

Lastly Pdv1 said “comments about correcting this city vs dogging it would be more appreciated..and I still haven't seen any from the same people that it was requested from.”

You need to take your own suggestion. I haven’t read what you would correct.

Posted by: thelildiva4u | January 21, 2011 10:53 AM | Report abuse

Most of you people need to get a life. Mayor Fenty did and he will be remembered whether you haters like it or not. In fact, look at the rest of the stories in the paper, nobody cares about Gray, nobody.

Have any of you seen Michelle Fenty? Have you even ever seen Mayor Fenty in person?

I doubt it and you probably never will because your lives will never cross paths... never. So you haters will always be haters, racist destroying your own kind. Learn from the rest of the groups: Asian, Latino, Jewish...they help each other..and they will prevail.

Posted by: ignorantcity | January 21, 2011 6:29 PM | Report abuse

Thank you IgnorantCity.....

ALso..lildiva4u... instead of blasting all the time.. why don't you read the comments...

and fyi.. i have also stated what i planned to do and work toward how i would like to see the city improve....

Have a great weekend... to the haters.
move it on.

Posted by: pdv1 | January 21, 2011 6:38 PM | Report abuse

IgnorantCity do act as if the Fenty's are anything special. Who do you think they are to ask if anyone has ever met them. The Fenty's got lucky once when he fooled the people of DC into electing him. As you can clearly see the second go round did not work. Fenty is censored lawyer for stealing from an old man. Do not pretend they are high brow people. A lot of us know better. The only thing that put them on the 'A' list was the position of Mayor not them as individuals. Do not assume that people making comments on this blog do not know them as individuals, that would be a mistake.

Posted by: diahhna | January 22, 2011 7:27 AM | Report abuse

IgnorantCity, do not act as if the Fenty's are anything special. Who do you think they are to ask if anyone has ever met them? The Fenty's got lucky once when he fooled the people of DC into electing him as Mayor. As you can clearly see,it did not work the second time around. Fenty is a censored lawyer who stole money from an old man's estate and got caught. Oh yeah! that is really high brow behavior!! Do not pretend they are high brow people. A lot of us know better, that is why he is not the Mayor anymore. The only thing that put them on the 'A' list was the position of Mayor, not them as individuals. Further,do not assume that people making comments on this blog do not know them as individuals, that would be a mistake.

Posted by: diahhna | January 22, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

IgnorantCity, do not act as if the Fenty's are anything special. Who do you think they are to ask if anyone has ever met them? The Fenty's got lucky once when he fooled the people of DC into electing him as Mayor. As you can clearly see,it did not work the second time around. Fenty is a censored lawyer who stole money from an old man's estate and got caught. Oh yeah! that is really high brow behavior!! Do not pretend they are high brow people. A lot of us know better, that is why he is not the Mayor anymore. The only thing that put them on the 'A' list was the position of Mayor, not them as individuals. Further,do not assume that people making comments on this blog do not know them as individuals, that would be a mistake.

Posted by: diahhna | January 22, 2011 7:56 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't Michelle Fenty live in Silver Spring now?

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 22, 2011 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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