Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


President of Marshall U. Dies of Apparent Heart Attack

Stephen J. Kopp, 63, president of Marshall University, died unexpectedly on Wednesday night after an apparent heart attack, the university said in a news release. Mr. Kopp, Marshall’s 36th president, had led the university since 2005.

“We have lost one of the most dedicated and long-serving presidents in the 177-year history of Marshall University,” said Michael Sellards, chairman of the Board of Governors, in the news release. “We ask that you keep President Kopp’s wife, Jane, and two children,…


U. of Alabama President Says She’ll Step Down by Next Fall

Judy L. Bonner, president of the University of Alabama’s flagship campus at Tuscaloosa, announced in a letter to the campus on Wednesday that she planned to step down no later than the end of September. Ms. Bonner said she would like to return to her “first love, which is teaching and working more directly with students.”

She said in a letter to the chancellor on Monday that she was announcing her intentions now so the university could begin a search in January and plan for a smooth transition t…


U. of Massachusetts President Will Take Over Maryland System

The president of the University of Massachusetts, Robert L. Caret, will take the helm of the University System of Maryland, its Board of Regents said in a statement on Wednesday. Mr. Caret became the Massachusetts system’s president in 2011 after serving as president of Towson University, one of the Maryland system’s 12 institutions, for eight years.

He will succeed William E. (Brit) Kirwan, whose cost-cutting plan before the 2008 recession is credited with saving the system hundreds of millions…


College President Draws Fire for Tweeting Picture With Bare-Chested ‘Hotties’

Faculty members at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania are a little peeved at their president, Marcia G. Welsh, for tweeting a picture of herself standing next to shirtless male students wearing Santa hats. Ms. Welsh was delivering holiday cookies to residence halls across campus, reports The Patriot-News, when she encountered the male students, who call themselves the “Hawthorn Hotties,” and took the photo.


Fired Faculty Activist Settles Lawsuit Against Community College in Texas

A tenured professor who was fired from his job at the College of the Mainland after years of clashing with the administration has settled a lawsuit against the Texas institution, the Houston Chronicle reported. Neither side disclosed the terms of the settlement.

The professor, David Michael Smith, had accused the college of retaliating against him for filing two previous free-speech lawsuits and helping colleagues challenge the administration’s actions. The college said he had been dismissed for…


Some College Presidents Join in Protests of Police Killings

As student protests against the killings of two black men by white police officers have continued, some college presidents are joining the campus outcry.

After being criticized for sending an email to the campus with the subject line “All Lives Matter,” the president of Smith College, Kathleen McCartney, led a vigil for the slain men, the Daily Hampshire Gazette reports. She said she hadn’t known that the phrase “all lives matter” was being used on social media in opposition to the hashtag #Blac…


U. of Iowa President Apologizes for Not Responding Sooner to Klansman Statue

The president of the University of Iowa apologized on Sunday for the university’s response to the sudden appearance on Friday of a 7-foot-tall statue of a Ku Klux Klansman on the campus, the Iowa City Press-Citizen reported.

The sculpture, made from newspaper clippings chronicling racial violence in America, was set up by Serhat Tanyolacar, a fellow at the university’s School of Art and Art History who said it was meant to raise awareness about racism. Mr. Tanyolacar took down the statue later o…


U. of Illinois Dept. Heads Urge New Chief to Repair Damage From Salaita Controversy

Top officials at the University of Illinois “have done genuine damage” to the system by rescinding a job offer to Steven G. Salaita over his inflammatory criticisms of Israel, 34 academic-department heads on the Urbana-Champaign campus have told the system’s incoming president, Timothy L. Killeen.

In an open letter to Mr. Killeen released on Wednesday, the department heads argue that Robert A. Easter, who is retiring as system president, Phyllis M. Wise, the Urbana-Champaign campus’s chancellor,…


Chattanooga State Community College’s President to Retire Amid Controversy

James L. Catanzaro, the longtime president of Chattanooga State Community College who has recently been at the center of a hiring controversy, announced on Monday that he would retire, effective December 31, the Chattanooga Times Free Press reported. He has led the college for 24 years.

Mr. Catanzaro has come under criticism in recent months for the hiring of Lisa Haynes, whom he met while vacationing in Barbados, to a senior administrative position even though she didn’t have a required bachelo…


UVa President Outlines New Measures to Combat Sexual Assault

[Updated (12/1/2014, 10:31 p.m.) with news of the accreditor’s actions.]

The president of the University of Virginia, Teresa A. Sullivan, outlined steps on Monday the college will take to improve its handling of sexual-assault cases, reports The Daily Progress, a Charlottesville newspaper. The latest of Ms. Sullivan’s public statements came amid the tense aftermath of an article published in Rolling Stone last month that described the sexual assault of a female student in a fraternity house.