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Spelman College Suspends Professorship Named for Bill Cosby

Colleges and universities with ties to Bill Cosby have in recent weeks been distancing themselves from the embattled comedian. On Sunday, Spelman College joined their ranks. The historically black women’s college released a statement saying it was suspending the endowed professorship named for Mr. Cosby and his wife. The short statement reads:

“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural, and creative life; however, the current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met.”

The professorship was established with a $20-million gift from Mr. Cosby to the university in 1988. The comedian has been accused by at least 20 women of sexual assault.

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