Principal Resigns After His Degrees Are Deemed Fake

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    The principal of a Manassas City, Virginia, elementary school has resigned after a investigation revealed he lied about his educational background.

    Robin Toogood, the principal at Jennie Dean Elementary School, also voluntarily surrendered his Postgraduate Professional License for Administration and Supervision and requested the cancellation of the license, the Virginia Department of Education said.

    The investigation into Toogood was opened after he applied for a position with the Prince William County school system. A routine background investigation uncovered that Toogood never earned any of the degrees he claimed to have earned.

    Education officials say Toogood fabricated several degrees, including a doctorate degree from Andover Theological Seminary, a master's degree and transcript from Trinity University Washington and a bachelor's degree from University of Maryland Baltimore County.

    Toogood did not contest any of the charges against him, handing in his resignation back in June. He served as the principal at Jennie Dean for five years. He also worked at schools in D.C. and Maryland.

    The school says Assistant Principal Dr. Zella Jones will serve as acting principal.