Category Archives: Administration


U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga Fires Reporter After Lawmakers Complain

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga has fired a reporter after lawmakers accused her of having failed to identify herself as a journalist during a meeting between legislators and high-school students who opposed a state transgender-bathroom bill, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported.

The reporter, Jacqui Helbert, worked for WUTC, a university-owned NPR affiliate. In early March, she accompanied a group of students who met with legislators and expressed their opposition to the bathroo…


Berkeley’s Chancellor Misused Fitness Benefits, Investigators Find

Private investigators have found that Nicholas B. Dirks, chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, improperly took advantage of the institution’s fitness benefits, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday.

The investigators’ report of their findings, which the newspaper said was heavily redacted, states that Mr. Dirks failed to pay nearly $5,000 in gym-membership fees and personal-training costs, and transferred unspecified exercise equipment from a public gym to his private home.


Trump Will Deliver Keynote Address at Liberty U. Commencement

Liberty University announced on Wednesday that its commencement in May would feature President Trump as the keynote speaker, making him the first sitting president to play that role at the Christian university since George H.W. Bush, in 1990.

The invitation from Liberty’s president, Jerry Falwell Jr., may not be a surprise given his associations with the U.S. president. Some students protested Mr. Falwell’s endorsement of Mr. Trump during last year’s campaign. In January, President Trump asked h…


Here’s Where Charles Murray, Whose Presence Inflamed Middlebury, Is Speaking Next

A protest that turned violent this month at Middlebury College over the divisive author Charles A. Murray has not diminished his appeal on campuses.

The sociologist will speak at Duke University on Tuesday evening, Columbia University on Thursday, New York University on Friday, and the University of Notre Dame and Villanova University later this month, according to his assistant.

Mr. Murray is best known for The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, in which he and Richa…


Federal Judge Blocks Trump’s Second Effort at Travel Ban

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected the White House’s second effort to impose a travel ban that colleges have said would damage their appeal to international students and scholars but that President Trump has defended as necessary to protect the nation from terrorism.

In a 43-page ruling, Judge Derrick K. Watson of the U.S. District Court in Honolulu granted a request to issue a temporary restraining order, effective nationally, to prevent the new travel-ban policy from being carried out.

The …


St. Olaf College to Remove Accused Professor’s Name From Building

St. Olaf College is removing the name of a once-beloved professor from a campus building because of what it calls “credible evidence” of sexual misconduct over several decades, the Star Tribune reported.

Since 2002, the college’s arts building has been named for Reidar Dittmann, a Holocaust survivor who taught art and Norwegian at St. Olaf for more than 45 years. He died in 2010 at the age of 88. On Thursday, St. Olaf’s president, David R. Anderson, announced that after investigating reports…


Chicago State Settles $4.3-Million Whistle-Blower Lawsuit

Chicago State University has agreed to pay $4.3 million to a former senior counsel who was fired after reporting leadership misconduct, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The settlement ends a lengthy legal dispute between the cash-strapped public university and the former employee, James Crowley.

Mr. Crowley says he was dismissed after reporting misconduct by Chicago State’s president at the time. In 2010 he sued the university, which in 2014 was ordered to pay him $2.5 million in damages plus back p…


President of Morehouse College Has Not Been Ousted, It Says

Morehouse College has not removed its president from his job early, a college spokeswoman told The Chronicle.

In an email, Cathy C. Tyler, executive director of strategic communications at Morehouse, said a report of his ouster was “not true.”

An article posted on Monday by HBCU Digest, a website for news and commentary about historically black colleges, suggested that John Silvanus Wilson Jr. had been ousted three months earlier than his expected departure. In January, Morehouse’s Board of Trus…


Legislative Panel Seeks to Open ‘Intellectual Diversity’ Office at U. of Tennessee

A committee of Tennessee lawmakers voted on Wednesday to spend nearly half a million dollars to open an office at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville that would “encourage more people with conservative views to speak their minds,” reported The Tennessean.

The move followed the state legislature’s vote, in 2016, to take $436,000 from the university’s diversity office and add it to a scholarship fund for minority engineering students.

In Wednesday’s vote, the State Senate’s education committe…


2 U. of Missouri Students Are Arrested in Connection With ‘Anti-Semitic’ Messages

Two students at the University of Missouri at Columbia were arrested on Monday in connection with harassing “anti-Semitic” written and oral comments about another student, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday.

Maj. Brian Weimer of the university’s police department told the newspaper that officers had arrested a sophomore and a freshman, though it wasn’t immediately clear on what charges.

The university’s interim chancellor, Henry C. (Hank) Foley, disclosed the arrests in an email on …