Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Utah Valley State President Draws Fire for Arguing Gay Marriage Causes Abortions

The president of Utah Valley University is taking criticism for signing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that the legalization of same-sex marriage would cause 900,000 more abortions during the next 30 years.

Dozens of faculty members at the public college wrote a letter to the editor of The Salt Lake Tribune on Friday asserting that the president, Matthew S. Holland, had been wrong to include his title in his signature on the brief.

“All of us, including our university presiden…


Lowell Chancellor Will Ascend to U. of Massachusetts System Presidency

The University of Massachusetts system has tapped Martin T. Meehan, chancellor of the system’s Lowell campus, to be its next president, The Boston Globe reports.

Mr. Meehan said in an interview with the system’s Board of Trustees on Friday that he would, among other things, “personally raise more money than any person that’s ever been the president of this university.”

A former U.S. congressman, Mr. Meehan has been credited with raising enrollment and research funding at the Lowell campus. He ap…


Errant ‘Reply All’ Dooms Bluefield State College’s Board Chairman

The chairman of Bluefield State College’s Board of Governors resigned last week after accidentally including a staff member on an email in which he predicted that her presentation to the board would be a “bitch session,” The Charleston Gazette reports.

Carolyn Kirby, chairwoman of the West Virginia college’s Classified Staff Council, who was accidentally sent the email, was not pleased. “Out of all due respect, I’m highly offended by your response,” she wrote back to the chairman, Roger Topping,…


Ex-President of Westfield State Will Pay $185,000 to Settle Suit Over Spending

A former president of Westfield State University, who is accused of spending thousands of dollars on lavish hotels and vacations, has agreed to pay $185,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the Massachusetts attorney general, The Boston Globe reports.

A 2014 report by the state’s inspector general found that the former president, Evan S. Dobelle, had spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in university funds on trips, expensive meals, and even a painting of himself. The report also alleged that Mr…


Judge Voids Retirement Deal for Ex-President of Pasadena City College

A California judge on Wednesday voided a nearly $400,000 retirement agreement between Pasadena City College and one of its former presidents, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The former president, Mark W. Rocha, announced last summer that he would step down as the two-year institution’s chief after a rocky tenure in which faculty members frequently criticized his leadership. A nonprofit advocacy group filed a lawsuit asserting that the college’s trustees had violated the state’s open-meetings law…


After Protests and Counterprotests, ‘American Sniper’ Will Be Shown at U. of Maryland

The controversial movie American Sniper will be shown at the University of Maryland at College Park after all, following protests of a student group’s decision last week to postpone a screening, The Washington Post reports. That initial decision was also prompted by protests — from members of the university’s Muslim Student Association who said the film was anti-Muslim.

Wallace D. Loh, the College Park president, announced on Tuesday that the university’s chapters of the Young Democrats and Youn…


U. of Florida Shuts Down Fraternity Accused of Insulting Wounded Veterans

The fraternity chapter whose members are accused of insulting a group of wounded veterans has been shut down, the University of Florida and the national Zeta Beta Tau fraternity announced on Tuesday, The Gainesville Sun reports.

“We are absolutely disgusted by the accusations that have been made regarding the behavior of members of this chapter,” said Matthew J. Rubins, the organization’s president, in a joint statement with the university’s president, W. Kent Fuchs.

A week and a half ago, membe…


College of DuPage Faculty Wants President Put on Leave

Faculty members at the College of DuPage voted unanimously on Thursday night to ask that the two-year college’s trustees put its president, Robert L. Breuder, on leave until federal and state authorities complete their investigations of the Illinois college, the Chicago Tribune reports.

“We are currently headed down a path that is destructive to this institution,” reads the Faculty Senate’s resolution. “Regardless of your allegiances to Dr. Breuder, it is time to act decisively. If evidence is f…


2 Colleges Probe Reports That Fraternity Members Spit on Wounded Veterans

[Updated (4/23/2015, 5:02 p.m.) with a statement from Emory University.]

[Updated (4/23/2015, 4:15 p.m.) with a statement from the national Zeta Beta Tau organization, and mention of the Emory University chapter, which was also at the formal.]

The University of Florida is investigating reports that members of a fraternity chapter spit on wounded veterans and stole American flags from them, The Gainesville Sun reports.

Members of the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter from the University of Florida…


Brown Gave Special Admissions Treatment to Donor’s Daughter, Hacked Emails Show

[Updated (4/22/2015, 3:36 p.m.) with a response from Brown.]

Amid the ill-gotten bounty of the Sony email hacks is a mesmerizing chain of messages that shows just how cushy the college-admissions process can be if you’re rich.

The emails, dug up by Gawker, lift the curtain on how Brown University treated the daughter of a Sony executive who made a $1-million donation in the form of an endowed scholarship. Among other things, the emails suggest, the donation and Michael Lynton’s professional conn…