Editorial: Trustworthy looks good on resumes

Mar. 24, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

State Sen. Thom Tillis claims he’s trying to understand what all the fuss is about.

We find it hard to believe that no matter how many years ago it may have been when he started, he has not minded one bit if people think he went to the University of Maryland at College Park.

That would be the flagship university in the state system, the one that our sports fans know as the Terrapins and who are leaving the ACC for the Big Ten.

Tillis didn’t earn a degree from that school.

He does have a diploma from the University of Maryland University College.

Tillis, a candidate for U.S. senator, attended five schools in three states and was an accomplished businessman before earning his degree at age 36 in 1997. He downplays differences in the two schools, preferring to believe one school considered lesser than the other is insulting.

The insult is from Tillis to voters. He thinks we should dismiss any part of he or his staff being less than honest and forthcoming. He should quickly realize how forgiving our nation could be and offer his full mea culpa.

The explanation on how his alma mater was inaccurately posted to his legislative page and a LinkedIn profile was passed off on campaign aides. That’s weak. And it won’t justify past interviews, his posted resume or trying to be brief in conversation.

For the record, the falsely claimed College Park school accepts 47 percent of applicants, ranks No. 62 on a national university survey list by U.S. News and World Report and doesn’t give credit hours for prior work experience. His alma mater accepts 100 percent of applicants, is unranked in premier college surveys, is an accredited distance-learning school offering most classes online and does give credit hours for previous work experience.

Tillis is right about one part of his self-created fiasco. Where he did or didn’t go to college isn’t the most important factor in deciding if voters elect him. There are bigger issues.

He and his Republican Party’s quest to hurt transparency in our state government should not be forgotten as we measure his mistake.

It is another reason why our votes should go to those we can trust on all issues.