10/08/2012 12:52 pm ET Updated Oct 09, 2012

Pari Sara Shirazi, Tisch Asia Founder, Sues NYU After Being Fired For Alleged Embezzlement

The founder and former president of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts Asia is suing the university after she was fired on charges of embezzling and misappropriating funds.

Pari Sara Shirazi, whose dismissal was protested by dozens of faculty members, was working on a partnership with Singapore's Ministry of Education that would have helped take care of NYU's $9.6 million debt. NYU accused her of misappropriating money from the New York site to Tisch Asia's satellite campus in Singapore, reports

Shirazi, who comes from Iran and worked her way up the ladder at NYU, claims that NYU wanted to keep the case quiet by settling with her but that she insisted on going public, according to Riptide Communications. NYU spokesman John Beckman told that the suit has no merit.

This post has been updated to include Shirazi's full name.