Category Archives: Leadership

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Oklahoma Fraternity Learned Racist Chant on Cruise Sponsored by National Group

Members of the University of Oklahoma fraternity caught on video this month singing a racist chant learned it four years ago on a cruise organized by their national organization, the college’s president, David L. Boren, said on Friday. The chant was then “institutionalized” within the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter and taught to new members as part of the pledging process, Mr. Boren said.

That was the key finding of the university’s investigation into the origins of the chant, the results of which …


Provost of U. of Texas Flagship Will Be Promoted to President

[Updated (3/27/2015, 12:42 p.m.) with the tally of the Board of Regents' vote.]

Gregory L. Fenves, provost of the University of Texas at Austin, will be the institution’s next president. The university system’s Board of Regents voted on Friday to name Mr. Fenves the sole finalist for the presidency, the system announced in a written statement.

Mr. Fenves has been provost and executive vice president since 2013, and previously served five years as dean of the flagship’s Cockrell School of Enginee…


Ohio U. Faculty Objects to $1.2-Million Purchase of House for President

Faculty members at Ohio University have objected to the $1.2-million purchase of a new residence for the institution’s president, The Athens Messenger reports. More than 80 professors wrote an open letter calling the Ohio University Foundation’s purchase a “poor use” of money.

“At a time when student debt is spinning out of control, and the funding of higher education is in crisis … it makes no sense to undertake such lavish expenditure,” the letter states.

The current residence of the president…


Duke Investigates Reports of Racist Speech on Its Campus

Duke University is investigating a student’s recent report of racist speech on the campus, The News & Observer reports, citing a message to the campus on Thursday by the university’s president, Richard H. Brodhead.

A university spokesman, Michael Schoenfeld, told the newspaper that the student reported hearing another student in a group making racist comments on Sunday morning on Duke’s East Campus.

A group calling itself the Duke People of Color Caucus provided what it said were further details…


N.C. State Fraternity Behind Vulgar ‘Pledge Book’ Is Disbanded

The North Carolina State University fraternity chapter that produced a vulgar “pledge book” has been disbanded, and the college’s chancellor has called for a full review of its Greek system, WRAL-TV reports. The national Pi Kappa Phi organization has also revoked the chapter’s charter.

“I hope today’s action makes it clear that there is no place for intolerance, sexism, and racism at N.C. State,” said the chancellor, Randy Woodson, in a written statement on Wednesday. He said the review of the G…


Students Rally in Support of Ousted U. of Mississippi Chancellor

A large crowd of students gathered on Wednesday to rally in support of Daniel W. Jones, the ousted chancellor of the University of Mississippi, according to various news-media reports.

The campus has been in turmoil since late last week, when the state’s governing board for higher education voted not to renew Dr. Jones’s contract. Board members have since cited …


U. of Mississippi May Lose $20 Million if Chancellor Stays Ousted

A $20-million grant to the University of Mississippi might be rescinded if the state’s governing board for higher education sticks to its decision to oust the college’s chancellor, Daniel W. Jones.

The Clarion-Ledger, a newspaper in Jackson, reports that the president of the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, Anthony T. Papa, said on Monday that the organization would not go through with the grant if Dr. Jones were not the university’s president. Officials had planned to use the money for a new scienc…


Penn State to Examine Role of Fraternities and Sororities on Campus

Under pressure to respond more forcefully to allegations that fraternity members shared photographs of unsuspecting nude women online, Pennsylvania State University’s president announced on Monday that he would appoint a task force to undertake a broad investigation into the role of Greek organizations on the campus.

The president, Eric J. Barron, acknowledged that protesters have been calling for the expulsion or suspension of every member of the fraternity at the center of the controversy, Ka…


U. of Mississippi Chancellor’s Contract Is Not Renewed

Mississippi’s governing board for higher education has decided that Daniel W. Jones, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, should step down when his contract expires, in mid-September, The Clarion-Ledger reported. The board voted against renewing his contract during a closed session on Friday night.

Dr. Jones, who is a physician and former vice chancellor of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, in Jackson, told the newspaper he had wanted to serve another four years. He acknowled…


New York U. Taps Oxford Vice Chancellor as Next President

Andrew D. Hamilton, vice chancellor of the University of Oxford and a former provost of Yale University, will be the next president of New York University, it announced on Wednesday. Mr. Hamilton will succeed John E. Sexton, the controversial leader who has overseen the university’s radical growth since he took office, in 2002.

The announcement came three days after one of NYU’s professors, Andrew Ross, was denied entry to the United Arab Emirates, where the university has a branch campus. Mr. R…