Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


U. of California Regent Violated Ethics Policy but Kept Board Seat

A member of the University of California’s Board of Regents has been allowed to keep his seat despite an investigation’s conclusion that he had violated ethics standards by engaging in talks about a lucrative deal between the Los Angeles campus and his eye clinics, ProPublica reports.

The board member, William De La Peña, was chairman of the regents’ health-services committee when he violated ethics regulations by discussing an eye-center affiliation with UCLA. He continued informal discussions…


Suspended Professor Sues Marquette U. for Breach of Contract

A political-science professor at Marquette University who was suspended in January is suing the institution, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

In the lawsuit, John McAdams, an associate professor of political science, accuses Marquette of breach of contract, according to the newspaper. The suit, filed on behalf of Mr. McAdams by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty, also asserts that the university illegally suspended him after he published a controversial blog post on free speech.


College Chief Apologizes After Controversy Over Student’s Research Poster

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County’s president has apologized for the decision to move an undergraduate’s research poster, which featured a large image of the female reproductive anatomy, during an annual symposium.

The controversy arose during an event known as the Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement Day, a showcase for student-led research projects. Near the entrance to the event was a student’s poster portraying “an artistic rendering of the female anatomy,” said Lisa Akc…


U. of Louisville Will Remove Monument to Confederate Soldiers

A 121-year-old Confederate monument at the University of Louisville will be removed, its president, James R. Ramsey, and the Kentucky city’s mayor, Gregory E. Fischer, announced at a news conference on Friday morning, according to the Courier-Journal.

On Twitter, Mr. Ramsey said the removal of the statue was one of the recommendations of the university’s diversity committee.


U. of Akron Ends Partnership Talks With For-Profit ITT

The University of Akron has ceased discussions with the for-profit technical-schools operator ITT Educational Services Inc., according to the Akron Beacon Journal.

The university’s president, Scott L. Scarborough — who has been known for his controversial decision-making — said in an email quoted by the newspaper, “The university will not be entering into any agreement involving ITT.” The nature of the proposed partnership has not been disclosed, but it reportedly involved online education.

Mr. …


Duke’s President Will Step Down in 2017

Duke University’s president, Richard H. Brodhead, will resign from his post on June 30, 2017, at the end of the next academic year, a university news release said on Thursday.

Mr. Brodhead took the reins at Duke in 2004, two years before a lacrosse scandal in which three white Duke lacrosse players were falsely accused of rape by a black student at North Carolina Central University.

The criminal case and the university’s response sparked national debates about college athletes’ behavior, the rol…


Middle Tenn. State President Wants to Strip Confederate General’s Name From Building

Middle Tennessee State University’s president, Sidney A. McPhee, is recommending the renaming of Forrest Hall, which honors the Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest, reports The Tennessean.

The move to rename the building, which houses the campus’s ROTC program, began last year, when Mr. McPhee convened a task force to examine the name following a church massacre in Charleston, S.C., in which nine black people were shot to death by a white supremacist. Critics of the name have cited Forres…


U. of Utah Plays Down Honorary-Degree Recipient’s Role in ‘Hate Groups’

After drawing attention from online commenters, the University of Utah has removed references on its website to an honorary-degree recipient’s leadership of two anti-LGBT groups, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.

The website originally mentioned the philanthropist Lynette Nielsen Gay’s involvement with Family Watch International and the World Congress of Families, both of which have advocated restrictions on LGBT rights, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has labeled them as “hate …


UC-Davis Chancellor Is Placed on Leave

[Last updated (4/28/2016, 9:40 a.m.) with a statement from the office of president of the University of California system.]

The chancellor of the University of California at Davis, Linda P.B. Katehi, was placed on administrative leave on Wednesday night, pending an investigation of information that “raises serious questions” about whether she may have violated university policies, according to a statement from the office of the president of the University of California system.

The system’s pre…


Maine’s Governor Calls Protesting Students ‘Idiots’ and Storms Off Stage

[Updated (4/27/2016, 4:44 p.m.) with Mr. LePage's apology and a video of the incident.]

Gov. Paul R. LePage of Maine stormed off the stage in the middle of a speech on Tuesday after seeing two students holding up signs that criticized him during a dedication ceremony at the University of Maine at Farmington, reports the Portland Press Herald.

The Republican governor, who has drawn criticism from academic leaders during his term, was the featured speaker at the dedication of an education center …