Winona Superintendent resigns amid plagiarism suspicions

Stephen West offers to resign at midnight

The Winona School District superintendent plans to resign Thursday amid suspicions of plagiarism.

Stephen West’s resignation follows questions regarding his 2009 doctoral dissertation and its similarities to another paper published in 2007.

The plagiarism accusations led to questions about West’s academic credentials, including a doctorate degree from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Saint Mary’s responded to the incident on Thursday, saying West no longer holds a doctoral degree from the university.

The Winona School Board will decide whether to accept West’s resignation at a board meeting Thursday night.

West originally announced his resignation in November and planned to resign in June.