Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Spellings Says UNC System Won’t Try to Enforce Controversial Bathroom Law

The University of North Carolina system said on Friday that it would not seek to enforce a controversial state law requiring transgender people to use bathrooms corresponding to their gender at birth. The Associated Press reported that Margaret Spellings, the system’s president, said in a legal filing that “I have no intent to exercise my authority to promulgate any guidelines or regulations that require transgender students to use the restrooms consistent with their biological sex.”

Ms. Spellin…


5 Damning Findings From the Baylor Investigation

Baylor University on Thursday released a summary of a long-awaited investigative report into its handling of sexual-assault allegations — and, with it, word of a housecleaning of sorts. Its president, Kenneth W. Starr, was reassigned. Its head football coach, Art Briles, was fired. And its athletic director, Ian McCaw, was put on probation.

A glance at the investigation’s findings reveals why Baylor’s governing board took such broad action. In short, virtually everything that could be wrong with…


Baylor Demotes President and Moves to Fire Football Coach Amid Sex-Assault Controversy

[Updated (5/26/2016, 1:17 p.m.) with details from a university summary of an investigative report.]

Baylor University has moved to fire its head football coach, Art Briles, according to a statement from the Texas institution. In addition, Baylor said that Kenneth W. Starr, the university’s president, would be removed but would retain the more-ceremonial role of chancellor. Finally, the athletic director, Ian McCaw, has been “sanctioned and placed on probation.”

The moves occurred on Thursday ami…


DePaul President Condemns Protesters Who Shouted Down Controversial Speaker

The president of DePaul University has condemned protesters who shut down a speech by a conservative pundit on Tuesday, and has apologized to the College Republicans chapter that sponsored the event. In a message to the Illinois campus on Wednesday morning, the Rev. Dennis H. Holtschneider said he had been “sorry to see” video of the protest and news reports about it.

Video of the event shows two protesters taking the stage where Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart contributor and well-known conserva…


Baylor Won’t Comment on Report That Ken Starr Is Fired as President

Following a report that Baylor University’s Board of Regents had fired Kenneth W. Starr as its president, the university said on Tuesday that it would not respond to “rumors, speculation or reports based on unnamed sources.”

Citing anonymous sources, the website reported Tuesday morning that the regents had fired Mr. Starr.


Chancellor Is Criticized for Cellphone Use During Commencement

The chancellor of the Alamo Colleges is facing a backlash for using his cellphone as graduates walked across the stage in front of him during commencement last weekend at Palo Alto College, the San Antonio Express-News reported on Monday.

The chancellor, Bruce Leslie, was criticized on social media after pictures circulated of his phone use during the Texas college’s graduation ceremony.

Mr. Leslie was on the phone for about 40 minutes while on stage, said Tony Villanueva, president of Palo Alto’…


Kentucky State President to Resign This Week

Kentucky State University’s president said on Monday he would resign at the end of this week.

In a news release issued by Kentucky State, Raymond M. Burse wrote that he was stepping down after two years at the university’s helm, effective on Friday.

“At this juncture, I have decided that the further demands and challenges of Kentucky State must be undertaken by new leadership,” he wrote. “I have come to this conclusion after nearly six months of personal assessments and evaluations, which has re…


Bill Diverting Funds from U. of Tenn. Diversity Office Becomes Law

A bill that diverts funds from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s diversity office into minority engineering scholarships will become law without Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature, The Tennessean reported on Friday.

The bill will reallocate about $436,000 from the diversity office to the scholarship fund in the coming academic year.

The State Senate’s Education Committee approved legislation in March to eliminate funding for the university’s Office for Diversity and Inclusion. The office has …


Professor Is Awarded $2.2 Million in Discrimination Case Against William Paterson U.

A black education professor at William Paterson University of New Jersey has been awarded a total of more than $2 million in damages after a jury found that the college harassed and discriminated against her because of her race and religion, The Record reported on Thursday.

The professor, Althea Hylton-Lindsay, filed suit in 2013, saying she had been harassed after a new dean, Candace Burns, came to the university. A week after Ms. Hylton-Lindsay filed a complaint with the college, she was remov…


Illinois Professors Speak Out Against Governor’s Pick for Higher-Ed Board

Professors at Illinois colleges and universities spoke out this week in interviews with The News-Gazette against Gov. Bruce V. Rauner’s nominee to the faculty seat on the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Mr. Rauner, a Republican who took office in 2015 and has made a name for himself by slashing state funds to higher education, nominated John Bambenek, a part-time lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and onetime Republican candidate for the State Senate, on April 15. So…