Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


U. of Wisconsin System Sues Former Campus Leaders Over Handling of Millions

The University of Wisconsin system has sued two former high-ranking officials on its Oshkosh campus in a civil lawsuit over what the system says were financial improprieties in five development projects, including the construction of two biodigesters and an alumni conference center.

The system’s lawsuit, according to the Oshkosh Northwestern, alleges that a former chancellor of the campus, Richard Wells, and a retired vice chancellor and chief business officer, Tom Sonnleitner, mishandled millio…


Janet Napolitano, U. of California System President, Is Being Treated for Cancer

The president of the University of California system, Janet Napolitano, is undergoing treatment for cancer, which was diagnosed at the end of August.

A statement from the president’s office noted that she had been successfully treated after a previous cancer diagnosis and said that her current treatment was nearly complete. Side effects from her treatment resulted in the president’s hospitalization on Monday, the statement said, but her physicians say she is doing well and is expected back to he…


Anchorage Faculty Senate Votes No Confidence in U. of Alaska President

The University of Alaska at Anchorage’s Faculty Senate voted no confidence last week in the university system’s president, James R. Johnsen.

The Friday vote, reported in the Alaska Dispatch News, was in response to changing university priorities following a $50-million cut in state funding over two years.

As part of its “Strategic Pathways” initiative, begun last year, the university consolidated its three education programs into a single entity on the Juneau campus, leaving Anchorage and Fairba…


Leader of For-Profit College Says He Was Fired for Sheltering Homeless Student

The president of Vatterott College at Kansas City, Brian Carroll, says he was fired for offering shelter to a homeless and schizophrenic student in the library on the Missouri campus.

Mr. Carroll told a local television station that the student had run out of medication and had nowhere warm to go when the temperature fell to near zero, on January 6.

“I just didn’t want to take the chance,” Mr. Carroll said. “We had ice and snow.”

The student didn’t steal or damage property where he was staying i…


Talladega College Says Band Will March in Trump’s Inaugural Parade

Despite a fierce backlash, Talladega College said on Thursday that its marching band would appear in President-elect Donald J. Trump’s inaugural parade, the Associated Press reports.

Since the historically black college announced plans for its band to march in the parade, the Alabama institution has faced criticism nationwide. Mr. Trump ran poorly among black voters, winning less than 10 percent of their ballots after a series of racially charged incidents on the campaign trail that have continu…


Chicago State U. Settles Whistle-Blower’s Lawsuit for $1.3 Million

Chicago State University has agreed to a $1.3-million settlement to end a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by a former administrator, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The university’s insurer, the Illinois National Insurance Company, will pay the settlement. Glenn Meeks, a former chief financial officer, will receive $847,000 in back pay, and his lawyer will receive $453,000.

In his lawsuit Mr. Meeks accused the public university’s administration of firing him in 2013 to punish him for complaining abo…


U. of Minnesota Fires Its Football Coach

[Updated (1/4/2017, 10:50 a.m.) with a statement from Mark Coyle, the University of Minnesota's athletics director.]

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities has fired its head football coach, Tracy Claeys, the Star Tribune reported on Tuesday.

Mr. Claeys had tweeted his support when the Gophers’ football team boycotted all team activities for two days in December to protest the university’s suspension of 10 players after a campus investigation of a sexual-assault complaint.

The day after the pla…


American Council on Education President to Step Down

Molly Corbett Broad, president of the American Council on Education, will step down on October 31, the group announced on Tuesday in a news release.

Ms. Broad, the first woman to lead the organization, became ACE’s 12th president, in 2008.

As the group’s head, Ms. Broad led the modernization of the GED testing program, oversaw efforts to help college presidents and chancellors ensure integrity in their athletics programs, and promoted the benefits of a diverse student body, according to the rele…


Drexel Calls Professor’s Controversial Tweets Protected Speech

Drexel University on Thursday called a professor’s controversial social-media remarks “protected speech,” after the professor sparked an uproar online by tweeting that “all I want for Christmas is white genocide.”

George Ciccariello-Maher, an associate professor of politics and global studies, drew harsh criticism over the tweet, which he posted on Christmas Eve. He followed up the post with another that stated, “To clarify: When the whites were massacred during the Haitian revolution, that wa…


U. of Oregon Law Professor Who Wore Blackface Violated Policy, Report Says

Nancy Shurtz, a law professor at the University of Oregon, committed “discriminatory harassment” by wearing blackface as part of a Halloween costume during a party at her house, according to an investigative report released on Wednesday by the university.

After the party Ms. Shurtz was placed on leave, and some of her law colleagues called on her to resign. In a written statement, the university’s provost said any disciplinary action taken against Ms. Shurtz would be confidential.

According to t…