River Plate Adventist University (Universidad Adventista del Plata), the Seventh-day Adventist University in Entre Rios, Argentina, has announced the replacement of several senior leaders as repercussions of a smuggling scandal continue.
The university has been at the center of a legal inquiry into charges that university leaders in concert with the Argentina Union Conference and local ADRA personnel attempted to smuggle millions of pesos worth of electronic goods into the country without paying import tariffs.
In the fallout from the scandal, the Argentina Union replaced President Carlos Gill Krug and union Treasurer Carlos Giménez Graf. The union also accepted the resignation of legal representative, Roberto Giaccarini, who had been involved with ADRA for many years.
According to a video statement from President Carlos Gill Krug issued before his resignation, River Plate Adventist University saw two leaders step aside in order to facilitate an inquiry into the alleged smuggling, Rector Oscar Ramos and Vice-rector Jorge De Sousa Matías.
A notice posted on the university’s website on March 2nd named three new administrative appointments.
“On March 1, the Board of Directors of Adventista del Plata University named Ivan Heinze as the new Vice-Rector of Financial Economics, a name that emerged from a proposal by the Superior Council to replace Rubén Boidi, who resigned,” the statement said (translated from Spanish).
According to the statement, Heinze, a native of Viale, Entre Ríos, is a professor of Economics and a public accountant. He most recently served as treasurer of the Central Argentine Conference (AAC). He is married to Ileana Weisheim and has two children: Alessandro (7) and Candelaria (5).
The board also appointed Guillermo Casali as the new head of Financial Management and Ariel Romero as the director of Strategic Technology Initiatives.
River Plate Adventist University did not respond to questions about the appointments, specifically whether they were directly linked to the ongoing investigation of alleged smuggling involving Adventist Church leaders.
Jared Wright is Southern California Correspondent for Spectrummagazine.org.
Image Credit: Universidad Adventista del Plata website.
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