Category Archives: Leadership

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Suffolk’s President and Its Board Chair Will Step Down

The president of Suffolk University and the chairman of its Board of Trustees will step down in an attempt to resolve a leadership controversy that has rocked the Massachusetts campus over the last week. In a joint statement, the chairman and the president — Andrew Meyer Jr. and Margaret A. McKenna, respectively — said Mr. Meyer would step down from the board when his term expires, in May, and Ms. McKenna would step down no later than the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

The statement als…


Stanford Names Neuroscientist as Its Next President

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, a neuroscientist and president of Rockefeller University, has been named the 11th president of Stanford University, the institution announced on Thursday. Mr. Tessier-Lavigne, who is a former member of the Stanford faculty, will take the helm on September 1.

“Marc has a sophisticated understanding of the breadth of the Stanford enterprise, the centrality of faculty and students to our mission, and the critical role of the president in preserving and enhancing Stanford’s exc…


Suffolk U. Faculty Calls on Board Chair to Resign Amid Reports of a Push to Oust the President

Suffolk University’s Faculty Senate on Wednesday issued a statement of support for the Massachusetts university’s embattled president, Margaret A. McKenna, and called for the resignation of chairman of its Board of Trustees, Andrew Meyer Jr., the Boston Business Journal reports.

The statement came in response to widespread reports that the board may be planning to fire Ms. McKenna just eight months into her tenure. On Sunday, The Boston Globe reported, Ms. McKenna sent the trustees a letter alle…


Faculty Leaders Urge Mizzou Board to Use ‘Existing Procedures’ if Investigating Professor

A day after the Board of Curators of the University of Missouri suspended a professor who has been under fire for trying to block student journalists from covering a protest on the Columbia campus last fall, a panel of faculty leaders at the flagship called on the board to use “existing procedures” if it believed a formal investigation was warranted.

The board’s chair announced the suspension of the professor, Melissa A. Click, in a brief statement issued on Wednesday night at the conclusion of …


Former Mizzou Chief Blames Others for Resignation in ‘Confidential’ Letter

Timothy M. Wolfe, the former president of the University of Missouri system who stepped down last year amid fierce protests over racism at the Columbia flagship, says in a newly disclosed “confidential” letter that many other parties were to blame for his resignation.

In the letter, sent by Mr. Wolfe to supporters and obtained by The Columbia Missourian, Mr. Wolfe blames R. Bowen Loftin, the former flagship chancellor, Gary Pinkel, the flagship’s head football coach, and some system board member…


Ball State President Resigns After Less Than 2 Years in Office

Paul W. Ferguson, president of Ball State University since August 2014, will resign after taking a two-month sabbatical, The Star Press reports. The sudden announcement was made on Monday after a meeting of the university’s Board of Trustees.

In a written statement, the board chairman, Rick Hall, said both the board and Mr. Ferguson were “disappointed that this relationship has ended.” In a separate statement, Mr. Ferguson said that during his tenure the university had improved many “policies an…


Board Chair Blasts Faculty Group for Undermining ‘Drown the Bunnies’ President

The chairman of the Board of Trustees at Mount St. Mary’s University of Maryland on Friday blamed a “small group of faculty” for what he called the “deliberate mischaracterization” of a retention program that recently landed the institution’s president in hot water.

The president, Simon P. Newman, a former businessman, drew intense scrutiny after the campus newspaper published an article asserting that he had said faculty members shouldn’t think of at-risk students as “cuddly bunnies” but …


Court Dismisses Some Criminal Charges Against Ex-President of Penn State

A Pennsylvania appeals court has thrown out charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, and conspiracy against Pennsylvania State University’s former president, Graham B. Spanier, involving his role in the Sandusky child-sex-abuse case.

The Associated Press reports that a three-judge panel on Friday ruled that Cynthia Baldwin, the university’s general counsel at the time of the scandal, should not have been allowed to testify before a grand jury against Mr. Spanier and two other administrators f…


Oberlin’s President Rejects Black Students’ ‘Deeply Troubling’ Demands

The president of Oberlin College has rejected a group of black students’ demands aimed at dealing with racism on the Ohio campus, calling some of the demands “deeply troubling,” according to a message posted Wednesday on the college’s website.

“I will not respond directly to any document that explicitly rejects the notion of collaborative engagement,” the president, Marvin Krislov, wrote in his message. “Many of its demands contravene principles of shared governance. And it contains personal att…


Embattled President of Ithaca College Will Step Down

Thomas R. Rochon, the embattled president of Ithaca College, will retire next year, according to a message Mr. Rochon sent on Thursday to the New York campus.

Students protesting racial injustices at the college began demanding Mr. Rochon’s resignation months ago. Until Thursday he had resisted calls to resign, writing in The Chronicle that college leaders had a responsibility to “step up rather than step down.”

Faculty members also voted no confidence in Mr. Rochon.

“I recognize that colleges e…