Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.

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President of U. of Southern California Admits Flaws in Response to Reports of Dean’s Drug Use

C.L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California, said on Wednesday in a written statement that the university “could have done better” in dealing with reports of drug use by the former medical-school dean Carmen A. Puliafito, and that it will form a task force to better investigate employee misconduct.

The university “has only loosely defined procedures and guidelines for dealing with employee behavior outside the workplace that may be improper or illegal and has the capacity…

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Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest

After an internal investigation found conflicts of interest between the provost and her spouse, Texas A&M University at College Station removed the provost and named an interim, The Eagle, a local newspaper, reported on Wednesday.

The office of the provost, Karan L. Watson, who last August announced her intent to step down after seven years in office, was responsible for paying Nancy Watson, her spouse, more than $114,000 during her time in the position. Nancy Watson, who owns a consulting ser…

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Former Medical Dean at U. of Southern California Was a Drug User, Newspaper Reports

Updated (7/17/2017, 4:17 p.m.) with news on Dr. Puliafito’s work at the USC Roski Eye Institute.

The dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California was with a woman when she overdosed in a Pasadena hotel room last year, the Los Angeles Times reports.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

That instance was one of many drug-fueled episodes chronicled in the Times report about Carmen A. Puliafito, a renowned eye surgeon who stepped down from his position at the univers…

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President of Financially Troubled Bethune-Cookman U. Will Retire Early

Edison O. Jackson, president of the financially troubled Bethune-Cookman University since 2012, announced on Tuesday that he would be retiring a year before his contract expires, The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported. The news comes just days after the revelation that the university planned to proceed with a dormitory-construction contract costing $306-million over 40 years even though Mr. Jackson’s signature on the document had been forged.

According to the newspaper, the historically black u…

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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…