Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Louisville Board Still Hasn’t Accepted Its President’s Resignation

The University of Louisville’s Board of Trustees postponed a meeting on Tuesday at which it was slated to consider the resignation of James R. Ramsey, the university’s embattled president, The Courier-Journal reports. The meeting will now take place on Wednesday afternoon.

Kentucky’s governor, Matt Bevin, announced last month that Mr. Ramsey would step down and that the entire Board of Trustees would be dissolved and replaced with a new board. That new, 13-member board is expected to accept Mr. …


U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Names Its First African-American Chancellor

Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany, was named on Tuesday as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by its Board of Trustees at a July 21 meeting, according to a university news release. Mr. Jones would be the university’s first African-American chancellor since the office was created, in 1967, according to the university.

Mr. Jones had been at Albany, part of the State University of New York system, since 2013, and he was previously at …


California Community Colleges Names One of Its Presidents as Its New Chancellor

The California Community Colleges system has appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach Community College District, to head the 113-college system, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on Monday.

Mr. Oakley will take charge of the country’s largest public-college system, serving about 2.1 million students, in December.

During his time at the helm of the Long Beach Community College District, Mr. Oakley helped create a program where students were guaranteed a path to university course…


Indiana Governor, Trump’s VP Choice, Backed Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, whom Donald J. Trump named on Friday as his vice-presidential running mate, may be best known in academe for his support of a controversial “religious freedom” law last year that critics said amounted to a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Advocates of the law, formally the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argued that it was intended only to protect religious liberty. But colleges and universities across Indiana, both…


New Mexico State U. Will Eliminate 126 Positions to Close Budget Gap

New Mexico State University’s main campus, in Las Cruces, plans to cut 126 positions — 37 of which are filled — as part of efforts to mitigate a budget shortfall of $12.1 million, the La Cruces Sun-News reported. Of the 37 existing jobs to be eliminated, three are faculty posts and the rest are staff positions, according to CBS4 News.

In a memorandum to the campus, Garrey E. Carruthers, chancellor of the New Mexico State University system, wrote that the past few months had posed “serious financ…


Board Rebukes President of Temple U. and Says It Will Fire Him

[Updated (7/12/2016, 9:09 p.m.) with additional information.]

Temple University’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Neil D. Theobald, and announced its intention to dismiss him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The trustees asked Mr. Theobald to resign, but he refused, according to Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the board. The board plans to vote on Mr. Theobald’s ouster on July 21, Mr. Feeley said.

Tuesday’s announcement came less th…


President of Texas A&M U. at Commerce Died by Suicide, Police Say

The president of Texas A&M University at Commerce, Dan Jones, died in April by suicide, according to police reports released on Wednesday and obtained by The Dallas Morning News.

The police investigation found that Mr. Jones, who was 63, had suffered from severe depression and had attempted to take his life two weeks before he succeeded in doing so. In a statement cited by the newspaper, the university system said he had received medical treatment after the initial suicide attempt and was releas…


Temple Names New Provost as Controversy Swirls Around Predecessor’s Firing

Temple University has named a new provost just one week after dismissing Hai-Lung Dai from the post, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. The dean of the law school, JoAnne A. Epps, will serve in the position, Temple announced, pending the approval of the Pennsylvania university’s governing board.

The appointment occurred as faculty members continued to question the decision to fire Mr. Dai. In doing so last week, the university did not provide a reason. But it did say that the cost of merit schol…


Antioch U. System Dismisses Leaders at All 5 Campuses

The Antioch University system on Tuesday terminated the Boards of Trustees and, apparently, the presidents at all five of its campuses, located in four states, The Keene (N.H.) Sentinel reported. 

In a letter to the university community, William R. Groves, the interim chancellor, wrote that the colleges would now be overseen by a single board of governors, and institution officials would pursue initiatives to help Antioch “be an even stronger institution now and in the future,” the Sentinel repo…


U. of Northern Colorado Admits Bias-Response Team Violated Free Speech

The University of Northern Colorado’s president has acknowledged that campus officials made mistakes after two state senators criticized the actions of the institution’s bias-response team, which handles bias-related incidents, according to The Tribune, in Greeley, Colo.

The newspaper had raised questions about the team, saying that it had responded to complaints in ways that trampled on people’s free-speech rights. State Sen. John Cooke, a Republican, wrote a letter to the president, Kay Norton…