Abraham Goldstein, Yale University's provost, today resigned that position, following a Yale Daily News investigation revealing that he had spent more than $67,000 of university money to redecorate his Yale-owned home last summer.
Albert Dobie, director of university operations, emphasized that the money was spent on "redecorations, not renovations."
Goldstein's expenditures include such changes as destroying brick walls to move light switches closer to the medicine cabinet in five bathrooms (costing $6,200), and constructing a new screen porch (costing $6,136). Nearly all the funds spent by Goldstein, who was the university's chief budgetary officer save for the university president, came from Yale's deficit-ridden operating budget.
In a letter to deans and faculty members informing them of his resignation, Goldstein wrote, "When the president-designate offered me the position of provost, he said that renovating and and redecorating the house was part of his offer; the details of what was to be done were subsequently listed in memoranda to the secretary of the university last spring and included the possibility that other items might emerge.
"I was also informed during this period that the work would be financed in large part by special contributiions from fellows and others who customarily have been accomodated in officers' houses. I accepted the position and sold my own house in May in reliance on the commitments made to me.
"Recent conversations with the president concerning these commitments have led me to conclude that I do not wish to continue serving in his administration."
Yale President A. Bartlett Giamatti accepted the resignation "with regret," and wrote that "differences of perspectives . . . have been growing over a period of months."