Suffolk U. and Its President Abruptly Part Ways

Margaret A. McKenna is “no longer serving as president” of Suffolk University, the chairman of the Boston institution’s Board of Trustees announced in a statement emailed to reporters on Thursday, and the university has begun a search for a new leader.

The chairman, Robert C. Lamb Jr., thanked Ms. McKenna for her service but did not describe the circumstances of her departure.

According to The Boston Globe, Ms. McKenna said in a statement on Thursday night that she had been fired. She called th…


Why Is UVa Under Title IX Investigation Again?

[Updated (7/28/2016, 4:30 p.m.) with a statement from the university.]

The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights said on Wednesday that the University of Virginia was under investigation for its handling of sexual violence under the federal gender-equity law known as Title IX.

The announcement triggered a sense of déjà vu among close watchers of the office’s weekly list of institutions under investigation because the university is no stranger to federal scrutiny on Title IX. In fac…


U. of Louisville Board Accepts Ramsey’s Resignation as President

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday accepted President James R. Ramsey’s resignation, The Courier-Journal reported, after a series of scandals culminated in a wholesale shake-up of the institution’s governance.

Last month Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced that Mr. Ramsey would resign and that all members of the board would be replaced with new members. After delaying its meeting on the matter by one day, the new board met in executive session until late Wednesd…


Spelman College Is Accused of Inaction After Anonymous Report of Gang Rape

Nearly three months after a report of a gang rape of a Spelman College student sparked demonstrations and a social-media firestorm, the anonymous Twitter user who identified herself as the victim of that assault says that Spelman officials have not met with her or taken any action.

In May, after the alleged victim described being raped by four male students from neighboring Morehouse College at an off-campus party during her freshman year, Spelman’s president, Mary Schmidt Campbell, pledged “a…


U. of Michigan Settles Lawsuit Filed by Dismissed Graduate Student

The University of Michigan at Ann Arbor will pay $165,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by Jennifer Dibbern, a graduate student who was dismissed from the university’s engineering program in 2011, the Associated Press reported on Wednesday. Half of the money will go to her lawyers, according to documents obtained by the AP.

The university settled with Ms. Dibbern before a trial, scheduled for June, and after many of her claims had been dismissed by a judge, the AP reported. Ms. Dibbern, who was a do…


Charges Are Dropped Against Yale Worker Who Purposely Broke Window Depicting Slavery

Prosecutors have dropped charges against the Yale University worker who smashed a stained-glass window at the university’s Calhoun College with images of slaves, the Associated Press reported on Tuesday.

In June, Corey Menafee, a dining-services worker, smashed the window with a broomstick, saying he was tired of seeing pictures of slaves in the dining hall. After Mr. Menafee was charged with felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor reckless endangerment, the university asked prosecutors to drop…


Louisville Board Still Hasn’t Accepted Its President’s Resignation

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees postponed a meeting on Tuesday at which it was slated to consider the resignation of James R. Ramsey, the university’s embattled president, The Courier-Journal reports. The meeting will now take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced last month that Mr. Ramsey would step down and that the entire Board of Trustees would be dissolved and replaced with a new board. That new, 13-member board is expected to accept Mr. …


Smithsonian Institution Is Hiring a Beer Scholar

Beer and history lovers, it’s time to polish up your résumé because the Smithsonian is hiring.

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History plans to hire a historian for its American Brewing History Initiative. The historian will lead field and archival research for a new project on American brewing history with an emphasis on craft brewing.

The gig requires an advanced degree in American brewing, business, food, culture, or other, similar specialties in history.

A successfu…


Happy 21st Birthday, Academe Today!

Chronicle subscribers received the first issue of Academe Today, The Chronicle’s daily newsletter, on this day in 1995. The newsletter, reproduced here, seems quite primitive by today’s standards.

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The email was available in plain text only, as relatively few people had access to the “World-Wide Web,” as it was then known, let alone email readers that could render HTML.

The newsletter’s content was limited to a few briefs about doings on Capitol Hill, a summary of an article in a once-prominen…


As a College Faces Loss of Funds, Its Board Chair Refuses to Resign

The chairman of the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha, has been under pressure to step down because of a legal situation that threatens the college’s ability to receive federal student aid. On Monday the chairman, Fred Conley, rejected calls for his resignation, saying he would instead serve the remainder of his term, through December, but not seek re-election, reports the Omaha World-Herald.

The legal situation arose after the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De…