Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


South Carolina State U. Will Pay $332,500 to Settle Ex-President’s Suit

South Carolina State University will pay $332,500 to settle a former president’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, The State reported. The historically black institution fired the former president, Thomas J. Elzey, in March, after putting him on leave as the university was suffering from severe financial and accreditation problems. The university said the settlement did not pass judgment on Mr. Elzey’s performance as president, or the decision to dismiss him.


In Open Letter, 41 U. of Illinois Leaders Demand Steven Salaita’s Rehiring

[Updated (8/24/2015, 7:11 p.m.) with news of the provost's resignation.]

Forty-one campus leaders at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have signed an open letter calling on the institution to hire Steven G. Salaita, whose appointment to a professorship was nixed last year over the scholar’s anti-Israel tweets.

The message comes after a tumultuous few weeks for the campus. Earlier this month, a federal court ruled that the university had broken its contractual obligations with Mr. Sa…


After Backlash, U. of Missouri Reinstates Grad Students’ Insurance Subsidies — for Now

The University of Missouri has reversed course on a decision to strip graduate students’ health-insurance subsidies, at least for now. R. Bowen Loftin, the chancellor, said in a statement on Friday that the college would “defer implementation” of the change after consulting “peer institutions, compliance experts, and internal constituents.”

One week ago, the university suddenly announced it would no longer subsidize graduate students’ health insurance in order to comply with guidance from the In…


U. of Texas Regents Approve Policy Allowing Campus Chiefs to Sway Admissions

University of Texas system presidents will be able to order the admission of students who would not otherwise be admitted on “very rare” occasions, according to a new policy passed Thursday, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

The new policy comes after a system-commissioned report revealed that the then-flagship president, William C. Powers Jr., had intervened in the admissions process on behalf of politically connected applicants. In response to those findings, the system chancellor, Willia…


U. of Missouri Chancellor Apologizes for Suddenly Stripping Grad Students’ Health-Care Subsidies

The University of Missouri’s chancellor apologized Monday for the way the college informed graduate students it was eliminating their health-care subsidies — giving them only one day’s notice.

“For this lack of appropriate notice and prior consultation,” wrote R. Bowen Loftin in a statement, “I apologize to you both personally and on behalf of the university’s administration.”

According to the university, the move is a result of a new interpretation of the Affordable Care Act by the Internal Rev…


U. of Akron Reverses Controversial Layoffs at University Press

The University of Akron will not proceed with a plan to lay off two employees of its university press, according to a statement from the institution. The planned layoffs, coupled with the college’s assertion that the press would continue to operate, had been the subject of protests.

According to the statement, the university is “re-engaging the services” of the two staff members, who “will help ensure operations” of the press while it is folded into the University Libraries. The contract of the …


Avoiding a Showdown, U. of Illinois Accepts Resignation of Chancellor Phyllis Wise

[Updated (8/14/2015, 5:13 p.m.) with a response from the University of Illinois.]

Two days after rejecting the terms of Phyllis M. Wise’s resignation as chancellor of its Urbana-Champaign campus, the University of Illinois has decided to allow Ms. Wise to resign, instead of opening proceedings to fire her as chancellor.

In doing so, the university avoids a potentially bitter showdown with its former chief. Under her contract, Ms. Wise was entitled to a $400,000 bonus upon her resignation. Rather…


Embattled Head of Connecticut’s College System Will Step Down

Gregory W. Gray will step down in December as president of Connecticut’s Board of Regents for Higher Education, following a rocky tenure in which he clashed with faculty members across the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, the Connecticut Mirror reported.

Mr. Gray took office two years ago, succeeding the system’s first leader, Robert A. Kennedy, who resigned amid controversies over pay raises for his staff and other matters. Mr. Gray oversaw a plan to overhaul the system that …


U. of Illinois Trustees Reject Resignation Deal for Chancellor Phyllis Wise

The executive committee of the University of Illinois’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday unanimously rejected a resignation deal for Phyllis M. Wise, who quit last week as chancellor of the Urbana-Champaign campus, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Ms. Wise’s sudden resignation capped a tumultuous year of controversies at the state’s flagship campus, including a long-lasting uproar over the decision to rescind a job offer to Steven G. Salaita, the university’s employment of a scholar who spent time in…


President of a Keiser U. Campus Is Suspended After ‘Sexual Rendezvous’ Turns Into Carjacking

Florida’s Keiser University has suspended a branch-campus chief who was carjacked while attempting to engage in what the police described as a “sexual rendezvous.”

Matt McEnany, president of the Daytona Beach campus, was assaulted and mugged on Sunday night by a man who then left the scene in Mr. McEnany’s Toyota, according to the News-Journal. But the reason the president had stepped out of his car in the first place soon drew suspicion. Mr. McEnany told a 911 dispatcher that he had stopped to …