Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


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.


Energy Secretary Rick Perry Attacks Texas A&M Election as ‘Stolen’

Rick Perry, the U.S. secretary of energy, took time out of his day job on Wednesday to assail the outcome of a recent student-government election at his alma mater, Texas A&M University at College Station.

Mr. Perry, who was the state’s Republican governor from 2000 to 2015, said that the election for student-government president, in which an openly gay candidate won for the first time, had been “stolen,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Mr. Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. president in…


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…


Chancellor Is Named at UC-Berkeley

Carol T. Christ, interim vice chancellor and provost of the University of California at Berkeley, was named on Monday as its next chancellor. The announcement was made by Janet Napolitano, president of the university system.

If approved by the system’s Board of Regents, Ms. Christ would become Berkeley’s 11th chancellor, and the first woman to have the job. The regents will vote on the nomination in a special session on Thursday, according to a university news release.

Ms. Christ, a longtime sch…


2 Former Penn State Officials Plead Guilty in Sandusky Case

Two former administrators at Pennsylvania State University pleaded guilty on Monday to child endangerment, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum five-year prison sentence, after years of maintaining their innocence for failing to report the sexual abuse of children by Jerry Sandusky, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Charges of conspiracy against the two men, Timothy M. Curley, a former athletic director, and Gary C. Schultz, formerly a vice president, were dropped in exchange for their pleas.


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…


White-Nationalist Posters Appear Again at Texas State U.

Another collection of white-nationalist posters has been found on and removed from Texas State University’s campus.

The anti-Semitic posters, which featured swastikas, went up on the campus between 1 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. on Friday and were immediately removed, Matt Flores, a university spokesman, told the Austin American-Statesman.

A student at Texas State tweeted an image of the flier and asked for a response from the university.


UT-San Antonio President Steps Down and Apologizes for Making Women ‘Uncomfortable’

Ricardo Romo resigned on Friday as president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, saying he had “been made aware that the manner in which I embraced women made them uncomfortable and was inappropriate.”

In a written statement, Mr. Romo said that he had been informed about the concerns of those women by the system’s chancellor, William H. McRaven, and that he wished to step down in order to “eliminate the possibility of any distraction or disruption of the great work going on at UTSA.” …


Mike Pence Will Give Notre Dame’s Commencement Address

Vice President Mike Pence will be the University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker in May 2017, the institution announced on Thursday.

Six U.S. presidents have given the commencement address at the Roman Catholic university while in office.

After President Trump was elected, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said he would think twice about inviting Mr. Trump, given the divisiveness of the 2016 campaign.

When President Barack Obama spoke there in 2009, during his first term, st…