Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Grambling State President Resigns After Less Than a Year in Office

The president of Grambling State University, Willie D. Larkin, resigned on Thursday barely a year after he assumed the leadership of the historically black university in Louisiana, The Advocate reported.

Mr. Larkin, who is the university’s ninth president, announced his plan to step down at the University of Louisiana’s Board of Supervisors meeting in Ruston, La., after he and other presidents in the system received their annual personal evaluations.

The system’s spokeswoman, Cami Geisman, decl…


Kentucky Attorney General Sues Governor Over U. of Louisville Shake-Up

The attorney general of Kentucky is suing Gov. Matt Bevin over his administrative shake-up at the University of Louisville, WFPL reported on Wednesday.

Attorney General Andy Beshear, a Democrat, said he would also seek a restraining order to block the Republican governor’s abolition of the university’s Board of Trustees and reconstitution of its membership.

Last week Governor Bevin cleaned house when he announced he was reorganizing the university’s board and Louisville’s president, James R. Ram…


U. of Louisville Faculty Group Aims to Thwart Governor’s Shake-Up

Faculty members at the University of Louisville have asked its Board of Trustees to block their removal and other governance changes ordered last week by Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky, The Courier-Journal reported on Tuesday.

Governor Bevin, a Republican, announced on Friday that he was dismissing all the board members and that the university’s president, James R. Ramsey, would step down. The governor also said he would convene a new board with 13 members, 10 of whom would be appointed by Mr. Bevi…


U. of Tennessee’s Chancellor to Step Down and Return to Teaching

The chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Jimmy G. Cheek, will leave the job to return to the classroom, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported on Tuesday.

Mr. Cheek, 69, who has led the university since 2009, said he would remain in office until the Board of Trustees found a successor.

This academic year, Mr. Cheek defended the campus’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion when state legislators criticized it for promoting what they said was political correctness at the flagship u…


Fellow Philosophers Criticize Yale Scholar for Alleged Sexual Harassment

More than 200 philosophers across the country have signed an open letter criticizing a Yale University professor who was accused of sexual harassment, BuzzFeed reported on Monday.

The professor, Thomas Pogge, was accused in a federal civil-rights complaint of sexually harassing students.

The letter says the behavior described by Mr. Pogge’s accusers “violates the norms of appropriate professional conduct.” The signers say that “based on the information that has been made public, we strongly cond…


U. of Wyoming’s President Declares Financial Crisis

The University of Wyoming’s president has declared a financial crisis and plans to reduce or cut academic programs and review the institution’s structure, according to a letter on Thursday from the president, Laurie Nichols, to the campus.

According to Wyoming’s financial-exigency policy, if the university is in a dire financial situation, it should follow guidelines to navigate the financial constraints fairly.

Ms. Nichols stressed in her letter the difference between financial exigency and the…


Green River College’s President Resigns Amid Faculty Protests and Budget Cuts

Eileen Ely, president of Green River College, in Auburn, Wash., resigned on Thursday, reported The Seattle Times.

Ms. Ely, in office since 2010, had long been in conflict with faculty-union members, who said she had disrupted the community college’s democratic governing structure and had purposely cut programs run by union leaders, the Times reported, and she had faced three no-confidence votes by the faculty in the last three years.

Faculty critics have also asserted that the college mismanaged…


U. of Louisville President Will Resign as Ky. Governor Pledges Shake-Up

The University of Louisville’s president, James R. Ramsey, is stepping down, Gov. Matt Bevin of Kentucky announced on Friday. The governor added that he is reorganizing the university’s administration, including the Board of Trustees, The Courier-Journal reported on Friday.

Governor Bevin, a Republican, said that the university had needed a change for a while, and that he would appoint an interim board for the next two weeks.

For more, see this Chronicle article.

The new board will have 13 membe…


Retired President Says U. of the Cumberlands Owes Him $395,000 a Year

A former president of the University of the Cumberlands and his wife sued the institution this week, saying it had threatened to not pay retirement benefits worth about $395,000 annually, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported on Thursday.

James H. and Dinah Taylor asked a court on Wednesday to issue an injunction requiring the university to continue providing the couple’s benefits, and they are suing for breach of contract.

Mr. Taylor remains the chancellor of the university, a Baptist instituti…


Former President Sues Lake Michigan College, Asserting Wrongful Dismissal

Jennifer Spielvogel, a former president of Lake Michigan College, sued the college and its Board of Trustees on Friday, asserting that she had been wrongfully terminated, The Herald-Palladium reported on Wednesday.

Ms. Spielvogel was fired on May 5 in a unanimous vote of the board during a termination hearing. She had been suspended by the board since April 8. The trustees accused her of racking up $20,625 in unauthorized costs charged to the college and of creating a hostile work environment.