Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Mass. Sues Former President of Small College Who Drew Fire Over High Pay

Attorney General Martha M. Coakley of Massachusetts on Tuesday sued the former president of a small nonprofit college, seeking to force him to repay the institution money that he allegedly misspent on excessive compensation, cars, and a time-share in the Caribbean, The Boston Globe reported.

Robert J. Gee, who founded the National Graduate School of Quality Management, in Falmouth, Mass., was fired in 2012 as the institution’s president after the newspaper drew attention to his pay and lifesty…


Faculty Members at Virginia Intermont College Vote No Confidence in Chief

Faculty members at Virginia Intermont College, in Bristol, Va., have voted no confidence in E. Clorisa Phillips, the institution’s president, the Bristol Herald Courier reported.

The no-confidence vote took place a few hours after Ms. Phillips announced that a proposed merger with Webber International University, in Babson Park, Fla., had fallen through. Virginia Intermont has also run into accreditation troubles over its finances and declining enrollments.

Grievances cited by faculty members in…


Western Washington U. Chief Draws Fire for Remarks on Campus Diversity

Bruce Shepard, president of Western Washington University, has stirred controversy this week among conservative news organizations over statements he has made about campus diversity, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Campus Reform, a website that bills itself as dedicated to rooting out bias on college campuses, this week drew attention to a questionnaire on the university’s website asking “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today’?”

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Louisiana College to Give Its President Emeritus Status and Seek a New Chief

Louisiana College, a Southern Baptist institution in Pineville, La., announced on Tuesday that its president, Joe Aguillard, would move into an emeritus role in August and that the Board of Trustees had appointed an interim president “to ensure that there is a smooth transition of leadership” as the college searches for a new president.

Mr. Aguillard, who has led the college for nearly 10 years, has been at the center of several recent controversies. The Town Talk, a newspaper in Alexandria, La….


Florida Polytechnic U. Selects Its First President

Florida Polytechnic University, which is scheduled to open this fall as the state’s 12th public university, has named as its first president Randy K. Avent, who is now associate vice chancellor for research development at North Carolina State University.

A professor of computer science who holds a Ph.D. in biomedical mathematics and engineering, Mr. Avent previously served as chief scientist in the Office of Basic Research in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Eng…


Obama Will Nominate Colby College’s President to Top Humanities Post

President Obama will nominate William D. Adams, the departing president of Colby College, as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, the White House announced on Thursday.

Mr. Adams, who has led Colby since 2000, announced last January that he would retire. Before taking the helm at Colby, Mr. Adams served as president of Bucknell University for five years. If confirmed by the Senate, Mr. Adams would succeed James A. Leach, who resigned as the NEH’s chairman last year.


Miami Dade College’s Chief Regrets Blasting Lawmakers in Tax-Bill Feud

Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College, on Thursday said he regretted his harsh criticism of a group of local lawmakers in a dispute over a tax proposal that would benefit his institution, the Miami Herald reported.

The measure involves a proposed five-year, half-penny sales-tax increase that would raise about $1-billion for the community college. To take effect, the tax increase would have to be approved by voters. In an interview this week with the newspaper’s editorial board, Mr…


Faculty Union at N.J. College Votes No Confidence in President

The faculty union at Bergen Community College, in New Jersey, voted this week to express no confidence in the college’s president, B. Kaye Walter, The Record reports.

The secretary of the union told the newspaper that faculty members had been dismayed by what they said was a breakdown in communication with the president’s office. Faculty members and employees there have been without a contract since last July.

E. Carter Corriston Sr., chairman of the college’s governing board, said the trustee…


U. of Texas Regent May Have Committed Impeachable Offenses

A committee of the Texas House of Representatives that has been considering whether to recommend impeaching a member of the University of Texas system’s Board of Regents has determined that the regent, Wallace L. Hall Jr., may have committed impeachable offenses, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Mr. Hall has deluged the university system with open-records requests as part of a bid to oust William C. Powers Jr. as president of the university’s flagship campus, in Austin. Mr. Powers testifi…


President of Troubled Saint Augustine’s U. Announces Retirement

Dianne Boardley Suber on Friday announced her retirement as president of Saint Augustine’s University, a historically black institution in Raleigh, N.C., that has faced a litany of problems in recent months, the News & Observer reported.

Ms. Suber’s announcement came one day after Angela Haynes, the university’s vice president for business and finance, alleged that Ms. Suber had fired her in retaliation for giving information to the university’s board about management problems.

Saint Augustine…