After the removal of Iowa Central Community College President Robert Paxton for a chugging picture at a boat party, it appears that academics are having some serious alcohol problems this week. Prosecutors in Pittsburgh have called for the jailing of Carnegie Mellon University professor and former Dean Jeffrey Hunker, 51, who has been charged with drunken driving three times in eight days. In the first incident, Hunker ran over a yard, hit a tree, and then ran into a house. Hunker was computer security director in the Clinton administration. He was then hired as dean of Carnegie Mellon’s H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management in 2001.
Hunker virtually totaled his car in the second incident. In a third incident, the police was called about Hunker being suicidal and tracked him down in his replacement vehicle — a new BMW — and he allegedly admitted that he had consumed a pint of vodka.
His faculty profile discussing of his “groundbreaking work” does not include his recent vehicular contributions.
Hunker has notably little support from his neighbors. His immediate neighbor Kenneth Herz denounced Hunker, saying “[h]e has little regard for the well-being of his neighbors or anyone else in the greater community.”
This is a case where incarceration is clearly warranted. If he does not kill himself, he is likely to kill someone else.