Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.

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Trinity Professor Whose Comments Drew Threats Is Put on Leave

The Trinity College professor whose online comments about racial issues and the police drew national attention, including threats that led the Connecticut institution to shut down briefly, has been placed on paid leave, the college announced late Monday.

Trinity’s president, Joanne Berger-Sweeney, wrote that “a leave is in the best interest” of both the college and the faculty member, Johnny Eric Williams, an associate professor of sociology. Ms. Berger-Sweeney added that the dean of the faculty…

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U. of Missouri Rescinds Bill Cosby’s Honorary Degree, Joining Over 20 Colleges

The University of Missouri’s Board of Curators voted unanimously on Friday to rescind Bill Cosby’s honorary degree from the flagship Columbia campus, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The system’s president, Mun Y. Choi, had recommended that Mr. Cosby, a 79-year-old actor, relinquish his Doctor of Humane Letters degree, awarded in 1999, after his trial for aggravated indecent assault ended on Saturday in a mistrial.

The board’s decision added Missouri to the list of more than 20 other colleg…

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U. of Oregon Athlete Played a Season While Under Investigation for Sexual Assault

Updated (6/23/2017, 11:14 a.m.) with a statement from the university.

A University of Oregon men’s basketball player, Kavell Bigby-Williams, played the last basketball season while he was under criminal investigation for alleged sexual assault, according to the Daily Emerald, the campus’s student newspaper.

Mr. Bigby-Williams has been under investigation by the campus police of the Northern Wyoming Community College District since September 19, the newspaper said. He is accused of sexually assau…

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Baylor’s Former Leader Said Its Failure on Sexual Violence Was Not ‘Fundamental’

Updated (6/15/2017, 4:01 p.m.) with a statement from Baylor.

David E. Garland, the former interim president of Baylor University, said in a deposition last month that the institution had not exhibited a “fundamental failure” on sexual assault, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

In the deposition, which was conducted as part of a Title IX lawsuit that the university is facing, Mr. Garland, who stepped down this month, said that he didn’t know why the university’s former president, Kenneth W. Starr,…

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U. of Colorado Chancellor Is Suspended After Domestic-Violence Probe of Assistant Coach

The chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder, Philip P. DiStefano, was handed a 10-day suspension without pay on Monday as part of an investigation into allegations of domestic violence against a former assistant football coach, Joe Tumpkin. The Daily Camera reports that the university system’s Board of Regents also announced that the athletics director, Rick George, and the head football coach, Mike MacIntyre, would each make a $100,000 donation to an organization that combats domest…

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Baylor’s Provost Steps Down After Only One Year

Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost, L. Gregory Jones, is leaving after only one year in office, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

Baylor has been embroiled in controversy over how it responded to reports of sexual assault on the Texas campus, and Mr. Jones was a part of its response to the issue, heading a task force on spiritual life and character cultivation. The provost took office last May, just 10 days before Baylor’s Board of Regents released findings that recognized t…

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Morehouse College’s Interim President Dies Suddenly

William J. Taggart, interim president of Morehouse College, has died, the university confirmed on Thursday.

Mr. Taggart had been appointed interim president in April, after the college’s governing board voted to remove the then president, John S. Wilson Jr., three months before his contract was due to expire. The board also voted to remove its chair, Robert C. Davidson.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Interim President William J. ‘Bill’ Taggart, a beloved colleague, father, and …

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180 College and University Leaders Sign Pledge on Climate Change

College and university presidents as well as system chancellors responded quickly to President Trump’s announcement last week that the United States would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. By Monday afternoon, about 180 had signed a pledge to remain committed to the goals laid out in the agreement, which was signed in 2015 by representatives of nearly 200 nations.

The higher-education leaders who signed are at both public and private institutions across the country. Among the signers of…

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Graham Spanier, 2 Other Ex-Penn State Officials Get Jail Time in Sandusky Case

The former president of Pennsylvania State University and two other campus administrators were sentenced on Friday to jail time for failing to protect the welfare of children who were sexually assaulted by the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Penn Live reports.

Graham B. Spanier, the former president, was sentenced to four to 12 months, with two months in jail and two under house arrest, $7,500 in fines, two years’ probation, and 200 hours of community service. He, the former athl…

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Northern Illinois U. Used Adjunct-Hiring Policies to Give Consultants Sweetheart Deals

Northern Illinois University administrators used hiring policies intended for part-time instructors to circumvent state bidding requirements and make sweetheart job offers to consultants, a state investigation has found.

As discussed in depth on Wednesday in the DeKalb Daily Chronicle, the state inspector general’s office determined that administrators strayed beyond regular employment policies and procurement procedures to award more than $1 million in work to five consultants over roughly two …