Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Former Valdosta State U. Student’s Free-Speech Lawsuit Ends in $900,000 Settlement

A former Valdosta State University student’s long-running First Amendment lawsuit will end with a $900,000 settlement, according to a news release from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education.

Thomas Hayden Barnes was expelled from the Georgia college in 2008 after he protested the building of two parking garages. He sued the college’s president, Ronald M. Zaccari, and in 2013 a federal jury awarded Mr. Barnes $50,000 after finding that the college had violated his due-process rights. …


After Years of Fighting, Point Park U. Will Let Professors Unionize

More than a decade after its faculty voted to unionize, Point Park University has dropped its opposition to the effort, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. The college had previously argued that full-time faculty members had enough say in governance to disqualify them from unionizing, under the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling National Labor Relations Board v. Yeshiva University.

The college’s president, Paul Hennigan, said on Monday that his administration had “no interest in having a fight …


Controversial Former College President Will Get to Keep His $400,000

A controversial former president of Pasadena City College will get to keep a $400,000 payment after all.

According to a new settlement with the two-year college in California, Mark W. Rocha will receive the money, which was initially promised by the college before being voided by a judge, the Pasadena Star-News reports. A state judge voided the agreement in April, after a nonprofit advocacy group sued, asserting that the retirement deal had been negotiated privately, in violation of the state’s …


San Jose State President, Who Led Online Push, Will Leave for Post in Afghanistan

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, whose aggressive moves in online education and campus technology drew sharp faculty criticism, announced on Monday that he would step down as president of San Jose State University next month in order to serve as chief technology adviser to the president of Afghanistan, reports the San Jose Mercury News.

Mr. Qayoumi, an Afghan native who has led the California university since 2011, had ambitions to make the institution as innovative as the Silicon Valley businesses that sur…


Last-Minute Delay of ‘Yes Means Yes’ Policy Angers U. of Minnesota Students

The president of the University of Minnesota decided on Wednesday to delay an affirmative-consent policy for sexual assaults that he himself had proposed, prompting an online petition demanding that the new policy be put in place by the fall, The Star Tribune reports.

Eric W. Kaler’s decision to put the policy on ice until September followed a last-minute debate in a meeting of the Board of Regents. One regent raised concerns about legal issues surrounding the policy, which had been set to take …


Nevada Regents Seek Investigation of System Chancellor

The chairman of the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Board of Regents is seeking an investigation into the conduct of the system’s chancellor, following allegations that the chancellor quashed a report that criticized his administration, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The newspaper said last month that the system’s leaders were concerned about how a report they had commissioned portrayed them, and told the consultant that produced the report to rewrite it.

The chancellor, Daniel J. Kl…


College of Charleston’s President Backs Call to Remove Confederate Flag

The College of Charleston’s president, Glenn F. McConnell, on Thursday backed the governor of South Carolina’s call to move a Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds, breaking his silence on the issue following last week’s mass shooting in a black church.

Many observers had been waiting for Mr. McConnell to speak out about the issue. He is a former lieutenant governor and state senator who, in 2000, helped arrange a compromise that moved the flag from atop the state Capitol’s dome to…


Controversial U. of Texas Regent Sues His Own Chancellor

Wallace L. Hall Jr., the controversial University of Texas regent who has mounted a one-man investigation of the Austin flagship for years, sued the system’s chancellor, William H. McRaven, on Tuesday. The Texas Tribune reports Mr. Hall is suing for access to records related to an investigation of admissions at Austin that found that the campus’s previous president, William C. Powers Jr., sometimes intervened on behalf of politically connected applicants.

Mr. Hall filed suit a week after the sta…


U. of South Carolina President Calls for Confederate Flag to Come Down

The president of the University of South Carolina at Columbia, Harris Pastides, on Monday called for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the State House grounds, reports The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Mr. Pastides joined a growing chorus of leaders calling for the flag’s removal after nine African-Americans were shot and killed last Wednesday in a church in Charleston, S.C.

“It is because, simply, it is the right thing to do and the right time to do it,” Mr. Pastides said on…


Former College President Resigns Professorship After Being Sued for Child Support

A former president of the University of North Texas at Dallas has resigned from a tenured professorship on another campus amid an investigation into his conduct, The Dallas Morning News reports. John Ellis Price, who resigned his post at the University of North Texas at Denton, is the subject of a lawsuit by a former employee demanding that Mr. Price pay child support for their son.

This month a judge ordered Mr. Price to pay the woman, Camille Willis, nearly $2,000 a month for child support and…