Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


NCAA Cites U. of Louisville for 4 Major Rules Violations

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has cited the University of Louisville for four major rules violations after a yearlong investigation into allegations that a top athletics official had paid strippers and prostitutes to provide sexual services to recruits for the men’s basketball team, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Andre McGee, a former director of basketball operations, was that athletics official, according to the NCAA’s notice of allegations, released on Thursday. The NC…


Board Orders Audit of All Flights by Iowa State U.’s President

Every flight that Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University, has taken on the institution’s airplanes will be audited for possible misuse, the Associated Press reports.

The president of the Iowa Board of Regents ordered the audit on Thursday, after Mr. Leath was reported to have used a university aircraft on several occasions to fly to his home in North Carolina. An investigation found that a hard landing last year by Mr. Leath, who is a certified pilot, caused $12,000 in damage to a univ…


College of New Rochelle’s President Steps Down Amid Financial Investigation

Judith A. Huntington, president of the College of New Rochelle, resigned on Saturday amid trustees’ concerns over “significant unmet financial obligations” that the Catholic institution in New York state is facing, The Journal News reported.

The chair of the Board of Trustees said in a statement that the unmet obligations had accrued over time, but that the board had learned of them only recently. The board has hired a forensic accountant and an outside law firm to investigate the matter. It has…


Kennesaw State Names Controversial Politician as President Without National Search

Sam Olens, Georgia’s attorney general, was named on Wednesday as president of Kennesaw State University by the University System of Georgia’s Board of Regents, according to a university news release.

In a rare move, Mr. Olens was selected without a national search to fill the position, a point of conflict for many faculty members who regarded his appointment as a threat to shared governance. Students have also taken issue with Mr. Olens because of his defense of Georgia’s ban on gay marriage.



Benjamin F. Payton, Former President of Tuskegee U., Dies at 83

Benjamin F. Payton, a longtime leader of Tuskegee University who was instrumental in the historically black college’s transition to university status, died late last month, according to an obituary in The New York Times. He was 83.

Mr. Payton, a civil-rights advocate who helped organize the 1963 March on Washington, became Tuskegee’s president in 1981, when it was known as the Tuskegee Institute. His goal of seeing Tuskegee become a university was realized in 1985, and he established its first…


Quincy U. Faculty Votes No Confidence in University’s President

Faculty members at Quincy University have voted no confidence in the Illinois institution’s president, Robert Gervasi, citing its financial situation, according to The Herald-Whig.

“It is what it is. There’s really nothing to report right now,” Mr. Gervasi told the newspaper. “We’ll continue to work with the board and go from there.” The no-confidence vote, which was presented to the governing board on Monday, will be discussed at its next meeting, on Saturday.

The vote stems in part from Mr. Ge…


President of City College of New York Resigns Abruptly

The president of the City University of New York’s City College resigned on Friday amid questions about her administration’s handling of more than $150,000 of her personal expenses, The New York Times reported.

In a statement on Friday, Lisa S. Coico, the president, announced that she was stepping down but did not give an explanation. James B. Milliken, CUNY’s chancellor, confirmed in a statement on Saturday that he had accepted Ms. Coico’s resignation on Friday, effective immediately. He named …


Iowa State President Apologizes to Students for Flying University Plane on Personal Trips

Steven Leath, president of Iowa State University, told the student government there on Wednesday that he would be more cautious from now on about combining personal and business trips, the Associated Press reports.

An investigation by the Associated Press found that Mr. Leath had damaged a university airplane while flying back from a family vacation in North Carolina. He also flew a larger university plane to his North Carolina home, on fund-raising trips with a celebrity bowhunter, and to trans…


Baylor’s Former Title IX Coordinator Says She Was Set Up to Fail

Patty Crawford, the former Title IX coordinator at Baylor University, accused senior leaders of the university of protecting the brand instead of the students in her appearance Wednesday on CBS This Morning. She resigned from her post earlier this week.

Ms. Crawford told the hosts that she had been set up to fail from the start of her tenure, in 2014.

“I continued to work hard, and the I harder I worked, the more resistance I received from senior leadership,” she said. “I increased reports by 70…


Controversial Brookdale Trustee Takes Leave of Absence After Threat

A Brookdale Community College trustee has said he will take a leave of absence after receiving a threatening email, the Asbury Park Press reports. The trustee, Joseph DiBella, has been the subject of criticism and protests on the New Jersey campus for a month, since it was discovered that his Twitter account had “liked” several racist tweets.

Mr. DiBella has said that his account was hacked and he was not responsible for liking the tweets, which used racial slurs and referred to President Obama …