The former acting president of a small Vermont liberal arts college killed himself amid an investigation into the embezzlement of $440,000 in school funds, State Police said Thursday. James Beckwith, 58, former acting president of Southern Vermont College, died Wednesday in his Londonderry home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, authorities said. Beckwith was accused of taking the money between October 2012 and January while serving as president of the school in Bennington. Authorities said he deposited the money into his personal account, using $260,000 to pay down two mortgages.
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