Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


U. of Kansas Chancellor Will Step Down Next Year

Bernadette Gray-Little, chancellor of the University of Kansas, announced on Thursday that she planned to leave her post in the summer of 2017, the Lawrence Journal-World reports.

Ms. Gray-Little started at the university in 2009, and she was the first woman and first African-American to lead the state’s flagship university. She said in a news release that the timing of her decision made sense.

“With many critical initiatives either completed or nearing completion — including a $1.6-billion …


Former U. of Louisville President Will Leave Lucrative Foundation Post

James R. Ramsey, who recently left the presidency of the University of Louisville, has stepped down from his position as head of the university’s foundation, The Courier-Journal reports. Ever since Mr. Ramsey’s departure from the university’s top spot, he had been dogged by questions about that other role, which in 2014 brought him a compensation of $2.8 million in addition to his salary as president.

According to the newspaper, Mr. Ramsey said in a resignation letter that foundation leaders wan…


Kansas State U. Denounces Former Student’s Racist Snapchat

Kansas State University has condemned a former student’s racist Snapchat that was posted to Twitter on Thursday.

The former student, Paige Shoemaker, posted a picture of herself and a friend wearing dark facial masks, with a caption that included a racial slur. Screenshots of the Snapchat post were then spread via Twitter, CNN reports.

According to a news release from the university, when the pictures were tagged on Kansas State accounts, they were immediately removed. Ms. Shoemaker is not curre…


City College of N.Y. President Is Cleared in Dispute Over Spending From Arts Fund

A City University of New York investigation has exonerated the president of its City College campus of accusations that she improperly spent some $600,000 from an arts endowment on adjunct professors’ salaries, The New York Times reports.

The investigation, by CUNY’s general counsel, followed complaints by faculty members who were surprised to find this summer that the Martin and Toni Sosnoff Fund for the Arts, created with gifts from the Sosnoffs and previously used for arts programs, exhibits,…


Florida A&M President Will Step Down After Rocky Tenure

The president of Florida A&M University, Elmira Mangum, will step down six months ahead of the end of her contract, The Florida Times-Union reports.

The institution’s Board of Trustees voted 10 to 1 to approve the separation agreement that allows Ms. Mangum to receive her salary for the duration of her contract, which ends on March 31, but to step down immediately.

“I believe it is clear that there is no way forward,” Ms. Mangum said, according to the newspaper.

Ms. Mangum received below-average…


Chicago State U. President to Leave After 9 Months

Thomas Calhoun Jr., president of Chicago State University, will be leaving after just nine months at the helm, the Chicago Tribune reported on Wednesday.

The university’s Board of Trustees will meet on Friday to vote on Mr. Calhoun’s separation agreement. Mr. Calhoun is paid about $300,000 a year.

The president’s departure comes at a tough time for the historically black university. The Illinois legislature’s failure to pass a budget has left public colleges scrambling for funds.

In February the…


South Carolina Governor Asks University Trustees to Pay Back Expenses

Nikki Haley, the governor of South Carolina, has asked the trustees of the Medical University of South Carolina to return the university-reimbursed money they spent on fine dining and luxury hotels, the Charleston Post and Courier reports.

Harold Jablon, one of the trustees, has agreed to pay back $20,000. A recent investigation by The Post and Courier found that the board members rack up big bills when they meet in Charleston. Since 2011, the trustees have spent $560,000 on food, drink, and lo…


Ohio U. Will Remove Roger Ailes’s Name From a Newsroom

Roger Ailes’s name will be removed from a television-station newsroom at Ohio University, and a $500,000 donation the former Fox News executive made to the university in 2007 will be returned, according to reports by the station, WOUB, and The Post, a student-run newspaper.

Mr. Ailes, a 1962 alumnus of the university, has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment. Fox News’s parent company, 21st Century Fox, recently reached a $20-million settlement with Gretchen Carlson, a former…


Theater Director at Cal State-Long Beach Quits After Racially Charged Play Is Canceled

Michele Roberge resigned this week as theater director at California State University at Long Beach after 14 years in the post, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reports. Her resignation followed a disagreement with administrators over whether the university’s performing-arts center should host the racially charged play N*gger Wetb*ck Ch*nk.

After the university’s president, Jane Close Conoley, told Ms. Roberge that the play must be canceled, the theater director said she felt she could no longer re…


U. of Oregon Removes Name of a KKK Leader From a Dorm

The University of Oregon is the latest higher-education institution to move to expunge an association with racism or slavery from a campus building or monument. On Thursday, The Register-Guard reports, the university’s Board of Trustees unanimously voted to remove the name of a 1920s and 1930s professor from a dormitory because the professor, Frederic Dunn, was once an “exalted cyclops,” or leader of a local den, in the Ku Klux Klan.

In a discussion before the trustees voted, an Oregon alumnus, …