Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.

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U. of Virginia’s Next President Will Be Harvard Dean

The dean of Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education will be the next president of the University of Virginia, The Daily Progress reports. James E. Ryan’s appointment is expected to be approved by UVa’s Board of Visitors at a Friday meeting.

Mr. Ryan, a graduate of and former faculty member at UVa’s School of Law, is expected to take office next summer and succeed Teresa A. Sullivan, the current president.

Mr. Ryan will return to the UVa campus after Charlottesville, Va., made national …

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U. of Virginia Will Donate KKK’s 1921 Gift to Charlottesville Victims

The University of Virginia will give $12,500 to people injured in the violent clash stirred up by the “Unite the Right” rally last month in Charlottesville, Va., Teresa A. Sullivan, UVa’s president, announced on Thursday.

The amount is the present-day equivalent of the $1,000 that was pledged to the university by the Ku Klux Klan in 1921. According to Ms. Sullivan’s announcement, no evidence suggests the Klan actually gave $1,000 to UVa, but a newspaper at the time indicated that the institution’…

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UVa President Says Protesters Who Shrouded Jefferson Statue ‘Desecrated’ Campus

Students, faculty members, and others at the University of Virginia on Tuesday night shrouded the campus’s prominent statue of Thomas Jefferson with black fabric. The protest occurred on the one-month anniversary of the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., and was intended to criticize the “perceived inaction” of the university’s president, Teresa A. Sullivan, on the night of August 11, when white supremacists surrounded students who had gathered to protest their presence on the camp…

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7 College Presidents Receive $500,000 Awards From Carnegie Corporation

The Carnegie Corporation of New York announced on Tuesday that seven college presidents were each the recipient of a $500,000 Academic Leadership Award to support academic initiatives on their campuses.

Carnegie recognized the presidents for their “excellence in undergraduate education, the liberal arts, equal opportunity, the development of major interdisciplinary programs, international engagement, and the promotion of strong ties between their institutions and their local communities,” ac…

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U. of California Sues Trump Administration Over DACA Decision

Updated (9/8/2017, 6:11 p.m.) with more information about the lawsuit, including comments by Janet Napolitano at a news conference.

The University of California has accused the Trump administration in a lawsuit of violating the university system’s rights, and the rights of its students, by rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, the university said on Friday in a news release.

The Obama-era program, known as DACA, allows undocumented immigrants who were brought to the Unit…

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Majority of UNC Board Criticizes Handling of Confederate Statue at Chapel Hill

Fifteen members of the University of North Carolina system’s Board of Governors have written a letter to the board’s chair, Lou Bissette, and the system’s president, Margaret Spellings, expressing dissatisfaction with how they have handled controversy over a Confederate statue on the flagship Chapel Hill campus, reports The News & Observer. Specifically, the letter criticizes a request that Mr. Bissette, Ms. Spellings, and the Chapel Hill chancellor, Carol Folt, sent to Gov. Roy Cooper about the…

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Florida State U. President Disputes ‘New York Times’ Article on Favoritism for Athletes

John E. Thrasher, president of Florida State University, on Wednesday issued a statement disputing a New York Times report that the institution had showed academic favoritism to football players, saying the article “misrepresents the university’s actions,” the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

Last week the Times quoted a teaching assistant as saying she felt pressure to cut athletes slack in an online hospitality course when they ignored quizzes and homework assignments and even turned in plagiariz…

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U. of North Carolina Is the Latest to Deny Event Space to White Nationalist

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has denied a request by the white supremacist Richard Spencer to speak on its campus, Chancellor Carol L. Folt said on Wednesday in a statement.

The decision was made based on the safety risks that a visit by Mr. Spencer could present, Ms. Folt said in the statement.

UNC-Chapel Hill joins Michigan State University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Florida, and Texas A&M University at College Station in denying requests from Mr. Spen…

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U. of Tampa Fires Professor Who Called Hurricane Harvey ‘Karma’ for Texas

Updated (8/29/2017, 12:15 p.m.) with news that the professor was not only criticized but also fired. Further updated (5:10 p.m.) with a statement from FIRE.

A University of Tampa professor was fired on Tuesday after calling Hurricane Harvey “karma” for Texas’ voting Republican, the university said on Facebook.

Kenneth Storey, a visiting assistant professor of sociology specializing in urban issues, tweeted, “I dont believe in instant karma but this kinda feels like it for Texas. Hopefully this …

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Dartmouth Professors Show Support for Lecturer After Antifa Interviews

More than 100 faculty members at Dartmouth College have signed a letter to Philip J. Hanlon, its president, asking him to retract a statement that disavows comments by Mark Bray, a lecturer. Since this month’s deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., Mr. Bray has conducted a series of interviews with national news outlets about antifa, an abbreviation of the term “anti-fascist” that refers to radical far-left groups.

Antifa groups have engaged in protests of far-right speakers and demonstrations th…