Hunter College's Chief Remains a Lightning Rod

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Richard B. Levine, Newscom

The recent resignations of a dean and an assistant dean at Hunter College, part of the City U. of New York, have put a spotlight on sharp divisions within the college over its president and her leadership style.

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Richard B. Levine, Newscom

The recent resignations of a dean and an assistant dean at Hunter College, part of the City U. of New York, have put a spotlight on sharp divisions within the college over its president and her leadership style.

There was no honeymoon period for Jennifer J. Raab.

When the politically connected lawyer became president of the City University of New York's Hunter College, in 2001, even her chancellor made clear he had preferred another candidate. A dozen years later, Ms. Raab remains a polarizing figure, whose critics and fan base are both vociferous.

The latest controversy involving the president was sparked in late May, when an assistant dean in the School of Arts & Sciences