Mylan Executive Contends She Earned MBA
Stouffer, Rick, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
Mylan Inc. executive Heather Bresch contends she had the approval of the head of West Virginia University's executive MBA program to substitute on-the-job training for the final 10 credits required for her master's degree.
The scrutiny of the chief operating officer of Mylan continues on allegations that she was handed an MBA and got where she is due to her pedigree and connections.
Bresch is the daughter of West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin. Mylan Chairman Mike Puskar is one of WVU's largest benefactors, and university President Mike Garrison is her childhood friend.
For the first time in the 3 1/2 months since stories about her broke, Bresch on Tuesday told her side of a story she contends stems from West Virginia politics and academic ax-grinding.
"The reason I'm now coming out publicly is for three reasons," Bresch said, sitting in a meeting room at Mylan headquarters in the Southpointe Office Park, in Cecil, Washington County.
"I'm convinced that since this ordeal started last October, the (Pittsburgh) Post-Gazette has been steadfast in not letting the facts get in the way of a good story. I didn't want to speak out until the panel (investigating whether Bresch earned an MBA nearly 10 years ago) was in place and I had testified before them, which I did this past Sunday. And because I'm still the COO of a company that last October was in the middle of a multibillion-dollar transaction, and I was focused on Mylan and our shareholders."
Bresch said she has worked at Mylan since she left WVU. When she joined Mylan, her job didn't require a master's degree, and thus she never requested a college transcript.
"I had met in September 1998 with Dr. Paul Speaker, then the head of the executive MBA program, and it is my understanding that at that meeting he made the determination that all the work I then was doing for Mylan -- handling all our dealings with a California company called VivoRx, in which we had a $50 million investment, I was running the biotechnology company, (because) we had ousted the then-CEO -- all of that would substitute for the 10 credits I needed in my final semester. …