Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


College of Charleston’s President Backs Call to Remove Confederate Flag

The College of Charleston’s president, Glenn F. McConnell, on Thursday backed the governor of South Carolina’s call to move a Confederate battle flag from the statehouse grounds, breaking his silence on the issue following last week’s mass shooting in a black church.

Many observers had been waiting for Mr. McConnell to speak out about the issue. He is a former lieutenant governor and state senator who, in 2000, helped arrange a compromise that moved the flag from atop the state Capitol’s dome to…


Controversial U. of Texas Regent Sues His Own Chancellor

Wallace L. Hall Jr., the controversial University of Texas regent who has mounted a one-man investigation of the Austin flagship for years, sued the system’s chancellor, William H. McRaven, on Tuesday. The Texas Tribune reports Mr. Hall is suing for access to records related to an investigation of admissions at Austin that found that the campus’s previous president, William C. Powers Jr., sometimes intervened on behalf of politically connected applicants.

Mr. Hall filed suit a week after the sta…


U. of South Carolina President Calls for Confederate Flag to Come Down

The president of the University of South Carolina at Columbia, Harris Pastides, on Monday called for the Confederate battle flag to be removed from the State House grounds, reports The State, a newspaper in Columbia, S.C. Mr. Pastides joined a growing chorus of leaders calling for the flag’s removal after nine African-Americans were shot and killed last Wednesday in a church in Charleston, S.C.

“It is because, simply, it is the right thing to do and the right time to do it,” Mr. Pastides said on…


Former College President Resigns Professorship After Being Sued for Child Support

A former president of the University of North Texas at Dallas has resigned from a tenured professorship on another campus amid an investigation into his conduct, The Dallas Morning News reports. John Ellis Price, who resigned his post at the University of North Texas at Denton, is the subject of a lawsuit by a former employee demanding that Mr. Price pay child support for their son.

This month a judge ordered Mr. Price to pay the woman, Camille Willis, nearly $2,000 a month for child support and…


John Hennessy, Stanford’s President, to Step Down in 2016

John L. Hennessy, Stanford University’s president since 2000, announced on Thursday that he planned to step down in the summer of 2016. Mr. Hennessy, a computer scientist who played key roles in the founding of several high-tech companies, including Google, said he was interested in continuing to teach and conduct research but was not specific about his plans.

The university said that Stanford’s provost, John Etchemendy, would serve for up to a year to help the transition to Mr. Hennessy’s succe…


After Trustees Resign, Cooper Union President Says He Will Step Down

[Updated (6/10/2015, 7:06 p.m.) with news of Mr. Bharucha's departure.]

The embattled president of the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Jamshed Bharucha, will step down at the end of this month, he announced on Wednesday.

The announcement was made on the day after five trustees resigned amid an investigation by the New York State attorney general into the college’s decision to start charging tuition. The resignations were reported by The Wall Street Journal.

“It has been an h…


City College of San Francisco’s Chancellor Steps Down

Arthur Q. Tyler, who guided the City College of San Francisco during a rocky period in which the two-year institution struggled to remain open and accredited, has stepped down as chancellor, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Mr. Tyler was appointed in 2013 and served 19 months in office. During his tenure, the college was mired in a bitter dispute with its accreditor, the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, which voted to strip the college of its accreditation. The coll…


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…