Moshe Porat claims in his $25 million defamation lawsuit he has "been made a scapegoat" in the academic ratings scandal. He contends the administration at Temple ruined his reputation that he spent decades building.
"Contrary to the university's statements, there was never direction from me to manipulate ratings data," Porat said.
Fox's Online MBA program had been ranked first on the US News and World Report rankings for four consecutive years.
When Temple removed Porat last summer, it followed a university-retained review by a law firm, which found he played a role in the misreporting at the business school. The school says it "absolutely" denies that its actions "were in any way improper or unjustified."
After the scandal, Temple agreed to pay more than $5 million to settle a class-action lawsuit with former students who claimed the popular US News' college rankings enticed them to enroll.