- A doctoral student from Virginia Tech met up with Doc Brown, hopped into the Delorean, and traveled forward in time to 2005, stole the subject's dissertation, and presented as her own in 1999.
- The subject inadvertently left her backpack or flash drive somewhere, it was picked up by a Virginia Tech doctoral student and presented as her own, and the subject did not find her spare copy of the manuscript until several years later.
- The subject had someone write her dissertation (or part of her dissertation) for her, the writer copied from another dissertation, and the subject passed it off as her own.
- The subject copied from another dissertation, presented it to her doctoral committee at Purdue University, and graduated with a doctoral degree.
The subject seems to be a significant figure in Indiana education. She is the principal at a charter school in Gary. American Quality Schools, an educational management company that operates the school, emphasizes character education. She is also on the Board of Directors at the Indiana Public Charter Schools Association.
Moreover, she is on the Board of Governors of the Ball State University Teachers College Alumni Association. However, perhaps most interesting is that she is a member of the Indiana State Board of Education (to find her name, look directly below Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett's).
I would certainly think (and/or hope) that the charter school's education management company, the Indiana State Department of Education, Purdue University, and a former doctoral student at Virginia Tech would be interested in this information.
**NOTE** If you would like to view either of these dissertations online for your own comparison, the 1999 dissertation is available by clicking on the first link here. The 2004 dissertation is available through a simple Proquest Dissertation and Theses search (this generally requires an institutional subscription provided by a university). The last three pages of the preview will be the first three pages of the literature review. Of course, you could always travel to the Purdue University Library for a first-hand view.