Category Archives: People

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UC-Berkeley’s Former Chancellor Will Be Paid $434,000 on Leave

Nicholas B. Dirks, a former chancellor of the University of California at Berkeley, will be paid $434,000 during his coming year on leave, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Mr. Dirks announced in August 2016 that he would step down from his leadership position.

Under the university’s policy, Mr. Dirks qualifies for a year off with pay before returning to the classroom as a history professor. Executives must work in the university system for at least five years to receive full pay during a yea…

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Texas A&M Removes Provost Over Conflicts of Interest

After an internal investigation found conflicts of interest between the provost and her spouse, Texas A&M University at College Station removed the provost and named an interim, The Eagle, a local newspaper, reported on Wednesday.

The office of the provost, Karan L. Watson, who last August announced her intent to step down after seven years in office, was responsible for paying Nancy Watson, her spouse, more than $114,000 during her time in the position. Nancy Watson, who owns a consulting ser…

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Former Medical Dean at U. of Southern California Was a Drug User, Newspaper Reports

Updated (7/17/2017, 4:17 p.m.) with news on Dr. Puliafito’s work at the USC Roski Eye Institute.

The dean of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California was with a woman when she overdosed in a Pasadena hotel room last year, the Los Angeles Times reports.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

That instance was one of many drug-fueled episodes chronicled in the Times report about Carmen A. Puliafito, a renowned eye surgeon who stepped down from his position at the univers…

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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…