John Cantalupo, Brookdale Community College board of trustees attorney, resigns amid investigation of president's office

 
Asbury Park Press
 
The attorney for Brookdale Community College's board of trustees became the third high-profile person in the past two weeks to cut ties with the school when he resigned Friday.

John M. Cantalupo, a lawyer with the Woodbridge law firm of Wilentz, Goldman and Spitzer, will turn those responsibilities back to the firm’s immediate past managing partner, John A. Hoffman. Hoffman was the primary contact for the firm when it was first appointed to serve as the county college’s counsel in 2006. Cantalupo took over in 2009, according to the college.

Cantalupo came under fire, along with the trustees, after the freeholders learned in February that then-president Peter F. Burnham was held a generous contract that included a country club membership, a housing allowance and full tuition for his two sons to attend private colleges at a time when the board proposed a 8.2 percent tuition increase. Things got hotter when the board discovered possible financial irregularities in the president's office. The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the matter, college officials have said.
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