Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Faculty Senate at U. of Hawaii Votes to Censure System President

Faculty members on the University of Hawaii’s Manoa campus voted on Wednesday to censure the system president, David Lassner, over his firing of the campus’s chancellor, Tom Apple, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports.

The University of Hawaii-Manoa’s Faculty Senate considered strengthening the resolution to express no confidence in Mr. Lassner, but the vote to do so was a tie, which the Senate’s chairman broke in favor of a censure.

Mr. Lassner had been system president for less than a month wh…


Paine College’s President Resigns Amid Accreditation Troubles

George C. Bradley resigned on Tuesday as president of Paine College, which has faced scrutiny from its accreditor and calls for Mr. Bradley to be removed from office, The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Paine’s accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, placed the Georgia college on probation in June, saying it had failed to resolve problems with its finances and governance. An anonymous website called the Paine Project, which claimed to document mismanagem…


State Senator Meets a Tough Crowd as He Vies for Top Job at Florida State U.

A Florida state senator who is seeking to become president of Florida State University had a tense day of meet-and-greet at the Tallahassee campus on Monday, the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

John E. Thrasher, one of the most influential politicians in the state and one of four finalists to lead Florida State, got a hostile reception from some students and faculty members in a daylong interview conducted as part of the search.

Mr. Thrasher was asked in his session with faculty members if he beli…


U. of West Florida Trustees and Faculty Clash Over President’s Performance

Faculty members at the University of West Florida and the institution’s Board of Trustees are at odds over the performance of the university’s president, Judith A. Bense, the Pensacola News Journal reported.

Last week the university’s Faculty Senate voted no confidence in Ms. Bense’s leadership. Faculty members asserted that she had put the university’s accreditation and state financing at risk by overseeing lax admissions policies and that she had given priority to the university’s foot…


Donna Shalala, U. of Miami’s President, Will Step Down

Donna E. Shalala announced on Monday that she would step down as president of the University of Miami at the end of the academic year.

Ms. Shalala, a former U.S. secretary of health and human services, became the university’s president in 2001 and worked to elevate the institution into the ranks of the nation’s elite research universities. Ms. Shalala has weathered some controversies during her tenure, including questions about the university’s growth strategy and allegations that a former Hur…


After 47 Years, Longest-Serving College President in the Country to Retire

The longest-serving college president in the United States, Norman C. Francis of Xavier University of Louisiana, announced on Thursday he would retire next year after 47 years at the helm. Mr. Francis, who accepted the position of president on the same day Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated, in 1968, said in a written statement that “the time has come” for him to retire.

“We all wish Dr. Francis could remain as Xavier’s president for at least 50 more years,” said Michael Rue, chairman of Xa…


U. of Illinois Chancellor, Facing Faculty Outrage, Admits ‘Errors’ in Salaita Case

The chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has acknowledged that the hiring process that led to the controversial canceled appointment of Steven G. Salaita was flawed, The News-Gazette reports. Phyllis M. Wise told the newspaper that she would not reverse her decision not to put Mr. Salaita’s appointment before the Board of Trustees, but that “there have been some errors in the process” that the university is working to fix.

Controversy erupted last month when the universit…


District Cuts Ties With College That Opposes Anti-Bias Protections for Gay Workers

A school district in Massachusetts has cut ties with Gordon College, citing its president’s plea for an exemption to a rule preventing federal contractors from discriminating against gay and lesbian people, The Boston Globe reports.

The Lynn School Committee, which governs the city’s public-school district, is the latest institution to protest D. Michael Lindsay’s signature on a letter asking the federal government to exempt religious colleges from the executive order. The city of Salem, Mass., …


Exasperated College President to Student Protesters: ‘I Resign. Happy?’

[Updated (9/1/2014, 9:30 p.m.) with confirmation that the president has resigned.]

The embattled president of Burlington College, Christine Plunkett, had a surprising response to a group of student protesters who crowded around her car on Friday and demanded her resignation:

“I resign. Happy?”

The students, who had been blocking Ms. Plunkett’s car from leaving a Board of Trustees meeting, were shocked to silence but then cheered as she drove away. A spokeswoman for the Vermont college, when aske…


Judge Upholds $3-Million Award in Chicago State U. Whistle-Blower Case

An Illinois judge has denied the appeal of Chicago State University in a whistle-blower case that is set to cost the university $3-million, the Chicago Tribune reports.

In February a jury found that James Crowley, the university’s former senior legal counsel, had been fired for reporting misconduct by the university’s leadership. The jury awarded Mr. Crowley $2.5-million and ordered that he be given his job back. Later, Judge James P. McCarthy of the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ill., increased…