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Questions About NES Official's Resume

Everyone wants the best spin on their resumes. But why did a member of the Nashville Electric Service board list a university that doesn't really exist?

Our chief investigative reporter Phil Williams has the exclusive Inside Story:

Is it a case of resume padding? Or is it just a little harmless tweaking?  Read the Inside Story, and then you decide.

Bill Blaufuss is a member of the NES board. He even chaired its ethics committee.

When Mayor Purcell appointed Blaufuss three years ago, NES put out a news release saying he was a "graduate of Kansas State University" -- and that he had been recognized as a "Distinguished Alumnus."

But Kansas State University says he never went there.

On the resume he gave the mayor's office, Blaufuss says he graduated from "Kansas State University at Emporia."

That's also what he put it on his application for an accountant's license back in 1979.

But Kansas State University says there's no such campus.

In fact, Blaufuss graduated from the much smaller, less well-known Emporia State University. It was called Kansas State Teachers College back in his day, later Emporia Kansas State College.

It was never called Kansas State University.

Blaufuss, who does have a degree and has enjoyed a well-respected career, told me he listed his alma mater that way to avoid confusion because no one here in Tennessee knows where Emporia State is.

But he admits he would not have listed it that way in Kansas because everybody there knows... there is no Kansas State University at Emporia.

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Blaufuss gave Phil a statement, saying that he's revising his resume.  Here is the text:

  • I graduated from Kansas State Teachers College with a BSB in August 1963
  • The school has had several name changes since my graduation
  • The official name of the school is currently Emporia State University
  • Because few individuals in Nashville know where Emporia is, I have on occasion described the school as Kansas State University at Emporia to identify my Kansas origin and state school education.
  • Because a question has been raised about my description of the school, I have revised my resume to clearly indicate that I graduated from Emporia State University at Emporia, KS

William F. Blaufuss

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