Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Dartmouth Will Ban Hard Liquor at Parties, President Says

Dartmouth College’s president on Thursday proposed that hard liquor be banned at campus parties, among other steps to curb what he called “harmful behaviors,” The New York Times reports. Philip J. Hanlon’s program is the latest effort in the college’s longstanding battle with its legendary fraternity culture.

Mr. Hanlon proposed that hard liquor be banned at all events open to the public, whether they are sponsored by Dartmouth or student groups. He also said the college would increase penalties…


U. of North Carolina System President Is Ousted by Governing Board

The president of the University of North Carolina system has been forced to resign by the institution’s governing board, reports The News & Observer, a Raleigh newspaper. Thomas W. Ross, who took office in 2011, will officially step down in January 2016.

It was clear from the joint statement of the Board of Governors and Mr. Ross, 64, that he will leave the post against his will. “Though the timeline President Ross had for transition is different from that of the board, he fully understands, app…


Sally Mason, President of U. of Iowa, Will Retire

Sally K. Mason, president of the University of Iowa, announced on Thursday she was retiring. Ms. Mason, 64, will have been president for eight years when she steps down, on August 1.

“The holiday break gave me and my husband time to reflect on how we’d like to spend the next few years,” Ms. Mason said in a news release. “When I returned, I approached Board of Regents leadership about retiring.” Ms. Mason cited enrollment growth, retention, and the four-year graduation rate during her tenure as …


After Student’s Death, UMass to End Police-Informant Program

The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has ended its confidential police-informant program, months after an investigation by The Boston Globe revealed that a student in the program had died of a drug overdose. The chancellor, Kumble R. Subbaswamy, decided that the program was too secretive and may have harmed students who participated, the Globe reports.

“After careful consideration, I’ve concluded that enlisting our students as confidential informants is fundamentally inconsistent with ou…


Maine Community College System President, Under Fire From Governor, Steps Down

John Fitzsimmons, president of the Maine Community College System, is stepping down after being pushed to resign by the state’s governor, Paul LePage, the Bangor Daily News reports. As recently as Tuesday, the system’s trustees expressed support for Mr. Fitzsimmons, who had shown no signs of backing down.

Governor LePage has criticized Mr. Fitzsimmons for, among other things, removing the system from a program that allows high-school students to earn college credits before graduation.

Mr. Fitzsi…


President of Colgate U. Will Step Down This Year

The president of Colgate University will not renew his contract when it expires later this year, according to a news release posted on the college’s website. Jeffrey Herbst, who became president in 2010, said in the release he was stepping down “so that new leadership can be in place as the university prepares for the next fund-raising campaign and the 2019 bicentennial celebration.”

Colgate’s administration came under fire last year when a group of students staged a 100-hour sit-in at its admis…


Former Student’s Free-Speech Case Is Revived by Federal Court

A lengthy free-speech lawsuit will proceed after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit revived its First Amendment component on Monday, sending the case to a lower court for trial.

Thomas Hayden Barnes, a former student at Valdosta State University, in Georgia, sued its president, Ronald M. Zaccari, and other administrators in 2008 for expelling him after he protested plans to build two parking garages. In 2013 a federal jury awarded Mr. Barnes $50,000 after a district court determined …


U. of the Sciences President Resigns Abruptly

Helen F. Giles-Gee, president of the University of the Sciences, is resigning after only two and a half years in office, the Philadelphia university announced on Tuesday. Her last day will be December 31.

In the university’s news release, Ms. Giles-Gee said only that she was stepping down “after serious reflection.” Marvin Samson, chairman of the institution’s Board of Trustees, will serve as interim president. Mr. Samson was quoted in the news release as saying Ms. Giles-Gee had been “a transfo…


Columbia Journalism School Deans Will Review ‘Rolling Stone’ Article

Rolling Stone has asked two deans at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism to review the editing process behind the magazine’s widely read article about sexual assaults at the University of Virginia.

The move follows several weeks of controversy during which details of the grim Rolling Stone account were called into question by reporters at other publications, provoking a harsh denunciation of the magazine’s reporting practices by George Keith Martin, the university’s rector, who c…


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,…