Nanchang University president Zhou Wenbin, once dubbed “the most handsome university president” by netizens, becomes the latest victim of the ongoing corruption crackdown.
According to The Paper, a court in Jiangxi province yesterday handed Zhou a lifetime jail sentence for embezzlement and bribe taking. The 55-year-old Zhou has headed Nanchang University since 2002 and is only the latest higher education official to end up on the wrong side of discipline inspectors. 32 have already been accused of serious wrongdoing.
During his tenure at the university, which ended with his unceremonious expulsion in 2013, Zhou accumulated 21 million yuan, HK$300,000 and US$10,000 through his illegal activities. He also received 24,000 yuan worth of shopping vouchers and a Cartier watch.
Zhou was voted “the most handsome university president” by internet users while working at Nanchang, presumably because he is about a decade younger than most other officials of a similar rank.
Excerpts from a letter of remorse allegedly penned by Zhou paint him as a domineering and power-hungry misogynist. One line reads, “I feel in my bones that as a man comes into this world, he must first conquer the world, then conquer women.”
Throughout his year long trial, Zhou claimed that the investigation was purely motivated by Jiangxi province chief Su Rong’s desire for revenge, having himself been probed for corruption in 2014. Zhou is quoted in a previous article as saying Jiangxi authorities had tortured him and threatened his family.
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