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Citizens Group Calls for Temple Terrace Mayor to Resign Over Diploma Mill Ph.D.

Temple Terrace mayor Mel Jurado was asked to resign at an October City Council meeting after questions were raised regarding two college degrees. A Tampa Bay Times investigation report published that month said that the mayor received her doctorate from unaccredited La Salle University in Mandeville, La., a diploma mill that was shut down by the FBI. The newspaper also could not find a record of her claims for receiving a master’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nicole M. Ford, a University of Tampa political science professor and member of the citizens group Re-Imagine Temple Terrace that is requesting the resignation, said, as an elected official, Jurado is obligated to follow the law. 

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