Category Archives: Leadership

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Faculty Union Rips U. of Delaware President’s Column Endorsing ‘Learner-Centric’ Education

The faculty union at the University of Delaware has assailed the president over a column he wrote suggesting that professors give up some of their autonomy in course design, among other things, The News Journal reports.

The union called the ideas presented in Patrick T. Harker’s February 5 column in The Philadelphia Inquirer “an affront to the mission of university education and to core values of academic life.”

In the column, Mr. Harker argues that universities nationwide must embrace a more “l…


Theodore Hesburgh, Longtime Notre Dame President and Giant of Higher Education, Dies at 97

The Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, the longtime president of the University of Notre Dame and a legendary figure in American higher education, died on Thursday night, the university said. He was 97.

Father Hesburgh, who led the Roman Catholic institution from 1952 to 1987, catapulted it to national prominence, earning it a reputation as one of the best-known Christian universities in the world. He was also a champion of civil rights, serving on the first U.S. Commission on Civil Rights as he fought …


South Carolina State U. Puts Its President on Leave

South Carolina State University’s Board of Trustees has placed its president, Thomas J. Elzey, on administrative leave as the state’s only public, historically black university tries to get its finances in order. The Post and Courier, a Charleston newspaper, reported that the board made the decision in a special meeting on Monday.

The latest controversy surrounding the struggling institution was touched off two weeks ago, when a state legislative panel recommended that the college be closed for …


East Carolina U. Will Remove White Supremacist’s Name From Dormitory

Trustees at East Carolina University voted on Friday to remove the name of a white-supremacist former governor from a campus dormitory, the Raleigh News & Observer reported. But the university will move the name of Charles B. Aycock to a yet-to-be-built “Heritage Hall,” which will chronicle the efforts of the university’s founders and supporters.

“We believe that Aycock’s legacy to education will be better served represented in the overall history of ECU in Heritage Hall,” wrote the Board of Tru…


A Report’s Findings on the U. of Texas President Bill Powers, in 4 Excerpts

The messy, public fight over allegations of favoritism in the University of Texas at Austin’s admissions office is far from over. But there now appears to be some extra ammunition on the side of Wallace L. Hall Jr., the system regent who has been leading a crusade to expose what he calls shady practices used to decide who—or, more specifically, whose relative or acquaintance—is admitted.

A new report commissioned by the recently departed system chancellor, Francisco G. Cigarroa, and conducted by…


U. of Texas President Influenced Admissions and Hid the Truth, Report Says

[Updated (2/12/2015, 1:51 p.m.) with a link to the full report.]

An independent investigation has found that the president of the University of Texas at Austin, William C. Powers Jr., improperly influenced the university’s admissions process and then misled lawyers looking into the matter, The Dallas Morning News reports.

The newspaper obtained a copy of a report commissioned by the recently departed system chancellor, Francisco G. Cigarroa, and conducted by the firm Kroll Associates Inc. Among…


Wake Forest President Backs Campus Imam Amid Alumnus’s Criticism

The president of Wake Forest University has released a statement of public support for the campus’s imam, whom an alumnus has labeled a jihadist while calling for a donor boycott, The Washington Post reports.

Nathan O. Hatch wrote in his statement on Wednesday that Khalid Griggs, the university’s associate chaplain for Muslim life, had his “full support” and is “an experienced, well-respected religious leader whose pastoral care and interfaith engagement assist Muslim students and people of all …


Illinois Lawmakers Will Put College Leaders’ Pay Under the Microscope

The higher-education committee of the Illinois State Senate on Tuesday sent letters to the presidents of the state’s public colleges, seeking details about the compensation of senior administrators within the last 10 years, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Democrats in the Senate are expected to announce on Wednesday the creation of a new subcommittee on executive compensation. The colleges were given a deadline of February 17 to respond to the requests.

The lawmakers’ demands came on the heels o…


Chicago State President Who Weathered Many Controversies Will Retire

[Updated (2/6/2015, 3:31 p.m.) with comment from the university.]

The president of Chicago State University announced on Friday that he would step down after a highly controversial tenure, the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Wayne D. Watson, who became president in 2009, will leave the post next year.

Among the controversies that played out under Mr. Watson’s leadership:

  • A state audit found in 2012 that the university had lost track of $3.8-million in equipment.
  • Mr. Watson beat a bid to oust him in …

2-Year College’s President Is Accused of Plagiarism

The president of a two-year college in Minnesota has been accused of plagiarizing her dissertation amid faculty criticism of her decision making, the Pioneer Press reported.

A post published on Wednesday on a blog known as Save South Central College purports to show evidence of plagiarism by an unnamed campus leader in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system. The newspaper said the passages matched the dissertation of Annette Parker, president of South Central College, a two-year in…