Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


U. of Texas at San Antonio’s President Is Placed on Leave

The president of the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ricardo Romo, has been placed on leave, Joe Izbrand, the university’s chief communications officer, confirmed on Tuesday.

Mr. Romo had announced last September that he would retire in August 2017. Mr. Izbrand offered no additional comment on the decision to place him on leave now.

Mr. Romo was placed on leave “pending a review of allegations related to his conduct,” according to a message to the campus sent on behalf of the University …


U. of Alaska President Gets Second Vote of No Confidence

James R. Johnsen, president of the University of Alaska system, has received his second vote of no confidence in a month, this time by the Faculty Senate on the system’s Fairbanks campus.

The Alaska Dispatch News reported that faculty members in Fairbanks had voted 26 to 12 on a resolution that criticized Mr. Johnsen for the “Strategic Pathways” initiative, which faculty members have complained leaves them out of decision making about the system’s priorities. In January the University of Alaska …


Former UVa Dean Is Named Sweet Briar’s First Permanent President Since It Nearly Closed

Sweet Briar College on Monday announced the appointment of its first permanent president since the Virginia institution almost closed, in 2015.

According to a news release from Sweet Briar, Meredith Woo will take over as president after most recently working on a program in London that opened liberal-arts colleges in the former Soviet bloc. She previously served as dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts & Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Her appointment ends a period of uncertain…


Court Denies Regent of U. of Texas Full Access to Admissions Records

The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ruled against Wallace L. Hall Jr., a University of Texas regent, in his attempt to force the system’s chancellor to turn over records containing admissions information.

Because the university system’s governance structure gives the chancellor, William H. McRaven, ultimate “discretionary legal determination,” he did not exceed his authority in denying Mr. Hall complete access to records, the court ruled in Mr. Hall’s lawsuit.

“In this suit we are simply tasked wi…


UVa President, Who Prevailed Over Bid to Oust Her, Will Step Down

Teresa A. Sullivan, the University of Virginia president who made national news in 2012 by beating back the governing board’s attempt to oust her, will step down when a successor is found, she announced on Friday.

In a written statement, Ms. Sullivan did not provide a precise reason for her departure, except to say that the university was “strong and positioned for even greater strength,” and that her current contract expires in 2018.

In 2012, Ms. Sullivan’s sudden resignation shocked academe an…


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…