Category Archives: Leadership

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Provost Is Latest to Go in Surge of Resignations and Firings at Jackson State U.

Jackson State University’s provost resigned on Monday, becoming the latest among a slew of officials at the Mississippi college to lose their jobs in recent weeks, The Clarion-Ledger reports. James C. Renick, who did not return the newspaper’s requests for comment, was named interim provost in 2012.

The university’s president, Carolyn W. Meyers, wrote to staff and faculty members on Monday that anyone “who voluntarily resigns is obviously unhappy and possibly unable to fully commit to the univer…


‘Angry Olives’ Game Skewers U. of Akron’s President

The University of Akron’s president, Scott L. Scarborough, has seen many varieties of opposition to some of his controversial decisions. One thing he hasn’t seen, until now, is an interactive game in which his evil cartoon likeness dismantles beloved parts of the campus with an olive-loaded slingshot.

A group calling itself Graduates Over Greed is behind the game, “Angry Olives,” on the website The URL is a reference to Mr. Scarborough’s controversial proposal to r…


Controversial U. of Iowa President Met With Key Regents Ahead of Deadline

The newly appointed University of Iowa president, J. Bruce Harreld, met in private with several members of the state’s Board of Regents in July, the day before the application deadline for the position, according to emails The Chronicle has obtained through an open-records request.

In a written statement issued on Thursday, Bruce L. Rastetter, the board’s president, said several key regents met with Mr. Harreld, a former IBM executive, in Ames, Iowa, “as part of the recruiting process.” Mr. Rast…


U. of Iowa Faculty Censures New President Over Résumé Inaccuracies

Faculty members in the University of Iowa’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences voted unanimously on Wednesday to censure the newly appointed president, J. Bruce Harreld, for inaccuracies on his résumé, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reports. The vote is the latest episode of faculty disapproval aimed at the choice of the former business executive, who was tapped this month to lead the university by the state’s Board of Regents.

The inaccuracies, which Mr. Harreld acknowledged in a public forum wh…


Dean of the Year? Newman U.’s Choking Provost Is Saved by Dean of Students

The dean of students at Newman University is the toast of the Kansas campus after performing the Heimlich maneuver on the choking provost, The Wichita Eagle reports.

The dean, Levi Esses, saw the provost, Michael Austin, who was on his way to a Board of Trustees meeting, coughing in a campus hallway on Tuesday, and asked if he was OK. “I was going to make a funny joke and say, ‘Are you all choked up to see me?’ but I didn’t say that,” Mr. Esses told the Eagle. “He waved his hand like he was OK.”…


College of DuPage Trustees Void President’s Contract

The College of DuPage’s Board of Trustees narrowly voted on Thursday night to void the employment contract of the Illinois institution’s president, Robert L. Breuder, the Chicago Tribune reported. The deeply divided board voted 4 to 3 on the measure, which also declared Mr. Breuder an at-will employee, meaning he serves at the pleasure of the board and can be fired at any time.

That puts in jeopardy the $763,000 severance package that Mr. Breuder had negotiated with a previous board to retire i…


Rutgers Football Coach Tried to Get a Player’s Grade Changed. He Got Caught.

Rutgers University’s embattled football coach, Kyle J. Flood, will be suspended three games and fined $50,000, the university’s president, Robert L. Barchi, announced on Wednesday.

The basis for that punishment? The results of a long-awaited investigative report into Mr. Flood’s contact with a professor about a player’s academic standing. So stupefying is much of the report that it might as well bear the subtitle “All the Impulses a College Coach Might Have but Should Never Act On.”

Here are thr…


Top Academic Official Resigns After Lifting Others’ Words in Welcome Email

An administrator at Wheelock College, in Boston, has resigned after admitting she lifted passages from several college presidents for a welcome email to faculty members, The Boston Globe reports. The college announced Shirley Malone-Fenner’s resignation from the post of interim vice president for academic affairs on Monday.

Ms. Malone-Fenner used unattributed passages from several college presidents — including six passages from a letter written by the president of Harvard University, Drew Gil…


2 Finance Officials Are Fired at Troubled College of DuPage

The two top finance officials at the College of DuPage have been fired amid persistent charges of mismanagement and a leadership shakeup at the two-year institution in Illinois.

The Chicago Tribune reports that the institution’s treasurer, Thomas Glaser, and controller, Lynn Sapyta, were fired as part of the Board of Trustees’ reckoning with a long list of improper financial practices uncovered by multiple Tribune investigations and a damning report by members of the Illinois State Senate. The p…


New President at Iowa Won’t Seek Tenured Post That Contract Allows

A spokeswoman for the University of Iowa says the institution’s newly appointed president will not seek a tenured faculty position for which he is eligible under his contract, the Associated Press reported.

J. Bruce Harreld’s appointment as president sparked fears among faculty members that his lack of experience in academic leadership made him unqualified for the position. He will take office in November, succeeding Sally K. Mason, who led the university for eight years.

The Iowa City Press-Cit…