All posts by Charles Huckabee


Tennessee Lawmakers Approve Plan to Make Community College Free

The Tennessee legislature has overwhelmingly approved Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature proposal to create a program that would pay the tuition and fees for two years for all state high-school graduates who want to go to a community or technical college, the Associated Press reported. The State House of Representatives voted, 87 to 8, in favor of the plan, called the Tennessee Promise, on Tuesday, a day after the Senate approved it, 30 to 1.

Higher-education officials and leaders of national college-…


Louisiana College to Give Its President Emeritus Status and Seek a New Chief

Louisiana College, a Southern Baptist institution in Pineville, La., announced on Tuesday that its president, Joe Aguillard, would move into an emeritus role in August and that the Board of Trustees had appointed an interim president “to ensure that there is a smooth transition of leadership” as the college searches for a new president.

Mr. Aguillard, who has led the college for nearly 10 years, has been at the center of several recent controversies. The Town Talk, a newspaper in Alexandria, La….


Florida Polytechnic U. Selects Its First President

Florida Polytechnic University, which is scheduled to open this fall as the state’s 12th public university, has named as its first president Randy K. Avent, who is now associate vice chancellor for research development at North Carolina State University.

A professor of computer science who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical mathematics and engineering, Mr. Avent previously served as chief scientist in the Office of Basic Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Eng…


Obama to Give Commencement Address at West Point Next Month

President Obama will deliver the commencement address at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., next month, a White House spokesman announced on Monday. According to a report by the Poughkeepsie Journal, more than 1,000 cadets are expected to graduate and be commissioned as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army at the May 28 event, the spokesman, Keith Maley, said.

Mr. Obama will also speak at the University of California at Irvine’s commencement ceremony this year, the White House annou…


Penn State Surpasses $2-Billion Fund-Raising Goal

Pennsylvania State University has surpassed the $2-billion goal of a seven-year fund-raising campaign that straddled an economic recession and a child-sex-abuse scandal that threatened to scare away potential donors, university officials said on Saturday during a celebration on the University Park campus. The campaign, called “For the Future,” has raised $2.158-billion, according to a news release.

The campaign’s success “clearly demonstrates that Penn State is stronger than ever and that Pe…


Arbitrator: Minnesota State-Mankato Should Reinstate Coach It Fired

An arbitrator has ruled that Minnesota State University at Mankato should reinstate the head football coach it fired last May because the university had no grounds for dismissing him, The Free Press, a local newspaper, reported.

The coach, Todd Hoffner, had been removed from coaching duties in August 2012 after videos of his naked children were found on a university-issued cellphone. Prosecutors charged Mr. Hoffner with creating child pornography, but in November 2012 a judge dismissed th…


Brandeis Cancels Plan to Honor a Rights Activist Who Criticizes Islam

Facing growing criticism, Brandeis University said on Tuesday that it had reversed course and would not award an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a campaigner for women’s rights and a fierce critic of Islam, The New York Times reported.

The university had announced last week that Ms. Hirsi Ali and four other people would be honored at its commencement, on May 18. But students, faculty members, and other groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations, mounted public protests, cal…


Complaint Says Chapel Hill Directed Male Athletes to Inferior Courses

An advocacy group for college athletes alleges in a federal complaint that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill discriminated against male athletes, particularly black male athletes, by shuttling them into “no show” courses that required only a term paper at the end of the semester and that were the basis of an academic-fraud scandal that has hit the university in recent years, The Herald-Sun, a newspaper in Durham, N.C., reported.

In the complaint, filed with the U.S. Department of E…


U. of Texas Regent May Have Committed Impeachable Offenses

A committee of the Texas House of Representatives that has been considering whether to recommend impeaching a member of the University of Texas system’s Board of Regents has determined that the regent, Wallace L. Hall Jr., may have committed impeachable offenses, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Mr. Hall has deluged the university system with open-records requests as part of a bid to oust William C. Powers Jr. as president of the university’s flagship campus, in Austin. Mr. Powers testifi…


Vice President at Saint Augustine’s U. Says She Was Fired in Retaliation

In a further sign of turmoil at a financially troubled institution in Raleigh, N.C., the vice president for business and finance at Saint Augustine’s University told a local newspaper that she was fired on Thursday in retaliation for giving information to the board about management problems.

The vice president, Angela Haynes, told the News & Observer that the institution’s president, Dianne Boardley Suber, had told her that she “wanted to find someone who was more experienced who would work with…