Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Berkeley Suspends Its ‘Global Campus’ Because of Budget Deficit

The University of California at Berkeley has indefinitely suspended its proposed “global campus” because of its budget deficit, the East Bay Times reported on Friday, even though the Berkeley chancellor said earlier this year that the project would be off-limits to budget cuts.

The chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, said in an open letter to the campus in February that although Berkeley was considering cuts to close a $150-million deficit, the planned global campus would be “entirely supported by …


Mexico’s President Is Said to Have Plagiarized Law Thesis

Mexico’s president, Enrique Peña Nieto, plagiarized his undergraduate law thesis, a investigative journalist in Mexico reported on Sunday.

Mr. Peña Nieto plagiarized 28.9 percent of his 1991 thesis, “Mexican Presidentialism and Álvaro Obregón.”

A spokesman for the president said that the similarities were merely “style errors” and that Mr. Peña Nieto had met all the requirements to graduate as a lawyer from the country’s Panamerican University.


Ken Starr Resigns Faculty Position at Baylor

Kenneth W. Starr is leaving Baylor University, the university announced Friday in a news release.

The former president gave up his faculty position at Baylor’s law school after a semester of turmoil at the university.

In May, after an investigation determined that the university had mishandled sexual assaults to protect the college’s football team, Baylor’s Board of Regents fired the head football coach, Art Briles, placed the athletic director, Ian McCaw, on probation, and demoted Mr. Starr to …


U. of the Incarnate Word Puts President on Medical Leave for ‘Uncharacteristic Behavior’

Louis Agnese Jr., president of the University of the Incarnate Word, has been placed on a 90-day medical leave because of “sporadic uncharacteristic behavior and comments,” The San Antonio Express-News reported on Thursday.

Mr. Agnese, the university’s president for 30 years, requested the leave, according to a written statement by Charles D. Lutz III, chairman of the university’s board of trustees.

“His interactions with some students and faculty and administrative staff … have provoked conside…


U. of Arizona President Asks for Investigation of Medical Schools’ Leaders

Ann Weaver Hart, president of the University of Arizona, has called for an independent investigation into whether the leaders of its two medical schools misused public funds, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Her decision came after the president of the university’s Board of Regents aired allegations of impropriety at a meeting.

Six leaders of the College of Medicine-Phoenix left their jobs earlier this year. In addition, the senior vice president for health sciences has drawn attention for his ta…


Berkeley Paid to Improve Image of Soon-to-Be-Ex-Chancellor

The University of California at Berkeley paid consultants more than $200,000 over the past year to raise the profile of the chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, who announced on Tuesday that he would resign.

The revelation, made by the San Francisco Chronicle, has echoes of a controversy that recently helped to topple the chancellor on the Davis campus, Linda P.B. Katehi.

Berkeley entered into a yearlong contract with the firm Williamsworks and a subcontractor on July 1, 2015. Among the goals, as stat…


Community-College Trustee Apologizes for Clinton ‘Hangman’ Tweets

A member of the Board of Trustees of the Riverside Community College District, in California, apologized on Tuesday for posting tweets depicting a hangman and the words “I’m Ready for Hillary,” The Press-Enterprise reports.

The trustee, Nathan Miller, published the two tweets, which were later deleted, from the Twitter account of the Riverside County Republican Party on August 3. He is on the party’s central committee.


UC-Berkeley’s Chancellor Will Resign

Nicholas B. Dirks will resign as chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, the university announced Tuesday evening. He will step down after his successor has taken office.

Mr. Dirks, 66, has confronted an array of controversies since becoming chancellor three years ago. Most prominently, the California flagship has been accused of not doing enough to deal with professors accused of sexual harassment. In March the UC system’s president, Janet Napolitano, told chancellors that they …


U. System of Georgia’s Chancellor to Step Down

Henry (Hank) M. Huckaby, chancellor of the University System of Georgia for the past five years, will step down at the end of December, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported on Wednesday.

Mr. Huckaby announced his retirement at a meeting of the state’s Board of Regents. The newspaper said he spoke while fighting back tears, saying, “I walk away from this job … knowing that one of the greatest assets that this state has to offer is its university system.”

During Mr. Huckaby’s tenure, he overs…


Linda Katehi Resigns as Chancellor of UC-Davis Following Investigation

Linda P.B. Katehi, chancellor of the University of California at Davis, resigned from her administrative position, according to a news release today from the UC system.

Her resignation comes about three months into a public battle between the UC system president, Janet Napolitano, and Ms. Katehi after a records request from The Sacramento Bee revealed that UC Davis had paid consultants to remove internet postings about a 2011 incident in which campus police officers doused student protestors wit…