How not to be a Dean

Via the LATAn overdose, a young companion, drug-fueled parties: The secret life of USC med school dean

During his tenure as dean, Puliafito kept company with a circle of criminals and drug users who said he used methamphetamine and other drugs with them, a Los Angeles Times investigation found.

Puliafito, 66, and these much younger acquaintances captured their exploits in photos and videos. The Times reviewed dozens of the images.

Shot in 2015 and 2016, they show Puliafito and the others partying in hotel rooms, cars, apartments and the dean’s office at USC.

In one video, a tuxedo-clad Puliafito displays an orange pill on his tongue and says into the camera, “Thought I’d take an ecstasy before the ball.” Then he swallows the pill.

I haven’t been a Dean all that long, but I am pretty sure this is doing it wrong.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter


  1. Alkali (@alkali19) says:

    I haven’t been a Dean all that long, but I am pretty sure this is doing it wrong.

    Or — and stay with me here — perhaps this is precisely the correct way to do it.

  2. Gustopher says:

    Someone is doing it wrong, that’s for sure.

  3. Gustopher says:

    @Gustopher: Actually, the overdose was overdoing it. So, that Dean was doing it wrong.

    But that doesn’t mean he isn’t going in the right direction…

  4. Mister Bluster says:

    Academics on Drugs
    The Millbrook estate was the headquarters of Timothy Leary and gang for the better part of five years, a period filled with endless parties, epiphanies and breakdowns, emotional dramas of all sizes, and numerous raids and arrests, many of them on flimsy charges concocted by the local assistant district attorney, G. Gordon Liddy.

  5. CSK says:

    “Toga! Toga! Toga! Toga!”

  6. al-Ameda says:

    I heard that the Estate of Pablo Escobar posted bail on his behalf.

  7. pylon says: