Holy Cross Finance Director Resigns

By Theodore Kalmoukos
National Herald

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BOSTON -- Leo Zaimes, the finance director of the Hellenic College Holy Cross School of Theology in Brookline, MA, recently handed in his resignation from his post, which he had held for more than a decade, following a sudden leave of absence since early November.

His resignation was accepted by the school's president, Fr. Nicholas Triantafilou, who has already found a replacement.

During a telephone conversation with The National Herald in November, Zaimes had declined to explain the reasons for his absence, denying at the same time rumours of wrongdoing.

"That is my personal business. People take leave of absence of all the time," Zaimes had stated.

Telephone calls to Zaimes by the Herald went unanswered this time.

A cloud of secrecy continues to cover the matter, while the school's officials have not released any information on the subject -- not even to high-ranking personnel of the school.

Sources told the National Herald that during a board of trustees meeting presided over by Archbishop Demetrios a month ago, the body spent considerable time discussing Zaimes' case.

An investigative report on the school's finances was also presented at the meeting, while the decision was made to handle the matter as a strictly internal issue with no reports to the press.

The Herald's attempts to communicate with school officials proved fruitless. The school has been closed -- for the first time in its history -- for the entire holiday period, December 23 to January 2, while the staff will be fully compensated.

In addition, the phone system has been turned off, causing problems to professors who wish to work on campus, making it impossible to receive calls and faxes or work on the Internet.
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