Category Archives: Leadership

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College Chiefs in Illinois Enjoy ‘Fantasy World of Lavish Perks,’ Report Says

A report by members of the Illinois State Senate asserts that the state’s public-college presidents enjoy a “fantasy world of lavish perks,” many of which have been awarded without taxpayer input, the Chicago Tribune says.

The report stemmed from an investigation into presidential compensation that followed a controversy over a lucrative severance deal for Robert L. Breuder, president of the College of DuPage.

Many colleges have asserted that the kinds of perks criticized in the report are neces…


Would-Be U. of Southern Maine Chief Backs Out of Post Over Casino Dispute

The man slated to become the next president of the University of Southern Maine has backed out of the post, saying he must stay on as acting president of Stockton University to deal with a controversy there, The Bangor Daily News reports.

Harvey Kesselman, who was tapped in March to lead the Portland campus, said in a written statement that “the tremendous sense of obligation I have to Stockton University” had prompted him to reconsider taking the new job. The New Jersey university’s plan to tur…


U. of Virginia President, Who Beat Back Coup in 2012, Has Contract Extended

The University of Virginia’s Board of Visitors has extended the contract of Teresa A. Sullivan, the president who beat back board members’ effort to oust her in 2012, The Daily Progress reports.

According to the terms of the extension, Ms. Sullivan can be removed from the post no earlier than October 31, 2017. If she is still in office then, her contract may be extended through 2019. She will also receive a $15,000 raise for the coming fiscal year, and $25,000 the next year. Ms. Sullivan’s curre…


U. of Texas Panel Recommends Letting Presidents Influence Admissions

A panel appointed by the University of Texas system’s chancellor recommended on Thursday that university presidents not be prohibited from intervening in admissions decisions, The Austin American-Statesman reports. The panel’s work was prompted by a report in February that showed that William C. Powers Jr., the departing president of the Austin campus, intervened on behalf of applicants connected to the politically powerful.

Larry Faulkner, a former president of the flagship campus, led the pane…


Citing Threats of Disruption, Sweet Briar’s President Won’t Attend Commencement

The president of Sweet Briar College will not attend what is slated to be the institution’s final commencement ceremony, writing in an email to the campus on Friday that he did “not want anything to distract from what should be a celebration of our students’ academic success.”

Faculty members and alumnae of the Virginia women’s college had asked James F. Jones Jr. not to attend the Saturday ceremony because of his role in the decision to close the institution. In his email, Mr. Jones cited threa…


U. of Texas’ Next President Says $1-Million Salary Is Too High

Gregory L. Fenves, soon to be president of the University of Texas at Austin, turned down a $1-million salary because he feared it would hinder his ability to work with the Legislature and would be seen negatively by students and faculty members, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

Mr. Fenves, who was chosen last month to take over the flagship campus, said in emails obtained by the newspaper that a $1-million salary was “too high for a public university,” and that it might prompt “widespread…


Incoming Boston U. Professor Regrets Remarks About White People

[Updated (5/12/2015, 7:40 p.m.) with a response from the professor and other editing changes.]

An incoming assistant professor at Boston University who drew sharp criticism for racially charged posts on Twitter about white people said on Tuesday that she regretted that her passion for issues of race had caused her to speak about those issues “indelicately,” The Boston Globe reported.

The professor, Saida Grundy, had used Twitter to criticize white people as agents of oppression, among other thi…


Freshman’s 2013 Death Results in 3-Year Ban on Pledging at Baruch College

Baruch College has banned pledging and rush recruitment at fraternities and sororities for three years, extending a moratorium put in place after a fraternity pledge died in 2013, The Washington Post reports. No one has been charged in the death of Michael Deng, who suffered brain trauma during a fraternity ritual in Pennsylvania, but his family has filed a lawsuit against the college, part of the City University of New York.

“Our overriding interest is in ensuring the safety, well-being, and de…


Mass Email About Gay Marriage Irks Some at Hillsdale College

Hillsdale College is re-examining how it sends mass emails after the whole campus received one on Tuesday that seemed to worry urgently that the U.S. Supreme Court would legalize same-sex marriage, Michigan Live reports.

Students, faculty, and staff received the email stating that “ugly things are happening in the Supreme Court right now,” and that “I do not even think we can imagine the effects this could have on our nation, the church, and families.” The email was sent from the account of Bish…


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…