Harvard University, whose budget deficit in the 2013 fiscal year rose to $34-million, according to The Boston Globe, appears to be in store for a windfall that will more than cover it: The writer Gore Vidal changed his will shortly before he died to leave his entire fortune—estimated at $37-million—to Harvard, The New York Times reports. Nina Straight, Mr. Vidal’s half sister, is challenging his will, saying that Mr. Vidal was not mentally competent when he changed its terms.
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Evan S. Dobelle is under scrutiny again. Massachusetts officials are asking why Mr. Dobelle, the president of Westfield State University, put personal expenses on university credit cards and stayed in luxury hotels during overseas travel. In 2004, Mr. Dobelle was ousted from the presidency of the University of Hawaii, amid complaints that included prolific spending on travel and the refurbishment of the presidential house. In 2007 he was appointed to the Westfield State presidency by a unanimous vote. He told the Associated Press on Friday that his spending had helped the university and “was strategically planned.”
Nancy Cantor, the departing president and chancellor of Syracuse University, will be named chancellor of Rutgers University’s Newark campus, The Star-Ledger, a New Jersey newspaper, reported.
In an interview with The Star-Ledger, Ms. Cantor seemed to acknowledge that moving from the presidency of a major private university to run a branch campus in a troubled state system was a surprising decision. “I wasn’t on the lookout for a new presidency for myself,” she said, but she described Newark’s ra…
As deputy assistant secretary for community colleges, he will work in the Office of Vocational and Adult Education, which focuses on career, technical, adult, and correctional education across the country, with a special emphasis on programs involving community colleges.
Graduate students and junior scholars conducting anthropological fieldwork at remote sites are vulnerable to abuse from their supervisors, according to a study presented this weekend at the 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropology.
Fifty-nine percent of the 124 subjects in the study, which is continuing and includes men as well as women, said they had been victims of harassment in the field. Nineteen percent said they had been assaulted.
While those figures included subj…
The U.S. Department of Justice has decided not to file an amicus curiae brief in a high-profile copyright case involving Georgia State University and several publishers.
The case in question, Cambridge U. Press et al. v. Mark P. Becker et al., was brought against the university by Cambridge, Oxford University Press, and SAGE Publishers. It accuses Georgia State of committing widespread copyright violations by making some of the publishers’ content available on electronic reserve without licensin…
The philosopher A.C. Grayling’s New College of the Humanities, which British critics have said is a vanity project for rich kids, wants to open a free school for 11- to 18-year-olds in cooperation with a private company.
James A. Hood was the last survivor among the major figures in the standoff with Gov. George Wallace 50 years ago at the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He died on Thursday at the age of 70.
For the ninth year in a row, the University of California system received a record number of applications—174,700—for 2013, with Latino students making up the largest portion for the first time.