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Judge Declares Another Mistrial in Fatal Shooting by U. of Cincinnati Officer

After jurors deliberated for nearly 30 hours over five days and reported that they could not reach a verdict, the judge on Friday declared a mistrial for the second time in the case of a University of Cincinnati police officer who was charged with murder after he fatally shot an unarmed black man during a traffic stop, the Associated Press reports.

The officer, Ray Tensing, shot to death Samuel DuBose, 43, in July 2015, after pulling him over for driving without a front license plate.

The univer…

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Baylor’s Provost Steps Down After Only One Year

Baylor University’s executive vice president and provost, L. Gregory Jones, is leaving after only one year in office, the Waco Tribune-Herald reports.

Baylor has been embroiled in controversy over how it responded to reports of sexual assault on the Texas campus, and Mr. Jones was a part of its response to the issue, heading a task force on spiritual life and character cultivation. The provost took office last May, just 10 days before Baylor’s Board of Regents released findings that recognized t…

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Morehouse College’s Interim President Dies Suddenly

William J. Taggart, interim president of Morehouse College, has died, the university confirmed on Thursday.

Mr. Taggart had been appointed interim president in April, after the college’s governing board voted to remove the then president, John S. Wilson Jr., three months before his contract was due to expire. The board also voted to remove its chair, Robert C. Davidson.

“We are deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Interim President William J. ‘Bill’ Taggart, a beloved colleague, father, and …

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Yale Dean Is Suspended in Connection With Offensive Yelp Reviews

Yale University on Thursday suspended one of its deans in connection with a series of classist and sometimes racially charged reviews on the website Yelp, the Associated Press reports.

June Chu, the suspended administrator, didn’t immediately return calls or comments to the Associated Press on Thursday. Ms. Chu, dean of Pierson College, fell under scrutiny after the Yale Daily News reported she had used the crowdsourcing website to take shots at restaurants and businesses around New Haven, Conn.

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Obama to Deliver First Speech as Ex-President at U. of Chicago

Barack Obama will give his first public speech since leaving office as president at the University of Chicago on Monday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Mr. Obama “and young leaders will hold a conversation on civic engagement and discuss community organizing” at the event, his office said.

About six people are expected to join him on the stage, ranging in age from high-school students to recent college graduates.

Hundreds of people from Chicago-area colleges were invited to attend. The talk will b…

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Baylor U.’s Pick as New President Will Be First Woman at Its Helm

Linda A. Livingstone, dean and professor of management at the George Washington University School of Business, will be the new president of Baylor University, it announced on Tuesday in a news release.

She will be the first woman to serve as president of the Texas institution, the world’s largest Baptist university, and will take office on June 1.

Ms. Livingstone’s appointment will serve as a clean slate for Baylor after an investigation last year revealed that the university had failed to take …

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Energy Secretary Rick Perry Attacks Texas A&M Election as ‘Stolen’

Rick Perry, the U.S. secretary of energy, took time out of his day job on Wednesday to assail the outcome of a recent student-government election at his alma mater, Texas A&M University at College Station.

Mr. Perry, who was the state’s Republican governor from 2000 to 2015, said that the election for student-government president, in which an openly gay candidate won for the first time, had been “stolen,” according to the Houston Chronicle. Mr. Perry, who ran unsuccessfully for U.S. president in…

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Watch These Children Steal an Academic’s Spotlight in BBC Interview

Working from home just got a bit tougher for one academic as he faced a new kind of higher-ed disruption.

Robert E. Kelly, an associate professor of international relations at Pusan National University, in South Korea, had to put in a little extra work while he was interviewed live on BBC World News.

This video of his interview shows a little girl wandering into the room as Mr. Kelly is speaking into the camera. After Mr. Kelly pushes her away, a baby in a walker wheels into the room as well. …

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Mike Pence Will Give Notre Dame’s Commencement Address

Vice President Mike Pence will be the University of Notre Dame’s commencement speaker in May 2017, the institution announced on Thursday.

Six U.S. presidents have given the commencement address at the Roman Catholic university while in office.

After President Trump was elected, the Rev. John I. Jenkins, Notre Dame’s president, said he would think twice about inviting Mr. Trump, given the divisiveness of the 2016 campaign.

When President Barack Obama spoke there in 2009, during his first term, st…

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Dean at Georgia Tech Will Be New Chancellor of UC-Davis

Gary May, dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Engineering, will be the next chancellor of the University of California at Davis, it announced on Tuesday.

The UC system’s Board of Regents will vote on Mr. May’s appointment on Thursday, and assuming its approval he will take office on August 1, the university said.

Until then Ralph Hexter will continue to serve as interim chancellor. Mr. Hexter took over when Linda P.B. Katehi resigned last summer following a three-month inves…