Category Archives: Leadership

The executives who run college campuses.


Chicago State U.’s Interim Provost Is Cleared of Plagiarism Charges

Chicago State University’s interim provost, Angela Henderson, has been cleared of allegations that she plagiarized her dissertation, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

An independent hearing officer hired by the University of Illinois at Chicago, where Ms. Henderson had earned her Ph.D. in nursing, found that problems with her bibliography did not constitute plagiarism.

Ms. Henderson sued the University of Illinois at Chicago in July for publicly discussing her academic history. In December a Chicag…


U. of Illinois Taps SUNY’s Research Chief as Next President

Timothy L. Killeen, a researcher in geophysics who has been leading the State University of New York’s research foundation for two years, will be the next president of the University of Illinois, the system announced on Wednesday.

Mr. Killeen will earn a $600,000 starting salary and up to $100,000 each year in performance incentives, The News-Gazette reports. He will succeed Robert A. Easter, who will retire next year after three years as president. The appointment is subject to the approval of…


College Chief Apologizes to Woman Who Says 2 Football Players Raped Her

The president of Oregon State University has apologized to a woman who says she was sexually assaulted by two of the college’s football players in 1998, The Oregonian reports.

The newspaper published a column on Friday about Brenda Tracy, who says she was gang-raped by the Oregon State players and two other men. She did not cooperate with a police investigation, and the district attorney’s office dropped the case.

Edward J. Ray, president of Oregon State, wrote in an email to the campus on Mond…


President of Lincoln U., in Pa., Faces Review for Remarks About Women

The Board of Trustees of Lincoln University, in Pennsylvania, decided on Saturday to conduct an internal review of the university’s president, Robert R. Jennings, who has been under fire for comments about women and sexual assaults, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. The board’s chairwoman, Kimberly Lloyd, said after a closed two-hour session that the board had “reviewed the actions of the president” and would refer the matter to an executive committee.

Mr. Jennings had no comment about the bo…


President of Lincoln U. (Pa.) Apologizes for ‘Choice of Words’ on Campus Rape

The president of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania has apologized for comments he made in September urging women not to put themselves in situations where they might be sexually assaulted, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Parents of students have criticized the remarks, made at an all-women’s convocation, as placing the blame for the crimes on survivors.

“My message was intended to emphasize personal responsibility and mutual respect,” wrote the president, Robert R. Jennings, in a statement o…


7 Fired Faculty Members Return to Work at Seminary in New York

The Episcopal seminary in New York that fired eight of its 10 faculty members in late September has hired seven of them back, The New York Times reports.

The Board of Trustees of the institution, the General Theological Seminary, dismissed the professors soon after they walked off the job and said they could not continue working unless the board replaced the seminary’s dean and president, the Very Rev. Kurt H. Dunkle. On their website, the faculty members complained that the dean had told them “…


Professor Quits U. of New Mexico Over Its Award to Governor

A faculty member at the University of New Mexico’s law school said she would cut ties with the institution in protest against a decision by its president to honor the governor little more than a week before the election, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

The professor, Maureen A. Sanders, worked full time for 10 years and now teaches as an adjunct faculty member. She is also a longtime donor to the university.

She said she was troubled by President Robert G. Frank’s choice to select Gov. Susana…


Virginia State U. President Will Resign Following Student Protests

In the wake of protests of declining enrollment and cuts in campus services, the president of Virginia State University, Keith T. Miller, will resign at the end of December, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The announcement followed a three-hour, closed-session meeting of the historically black university’s Board of Visitors. Harry Black, the board’s rector, reported the change, saying the college “should move in another direction strategically.”

One month ago, students gathered to protest b…


Which Marvel Superhero Could Run a University?

Marvel Comics this week announced a new slate of superhero movies to be released over the next several years. You’ve got plenty of time to decide which ones you’ll see, so in the meantime let’s address the question on everyone’s mind: Which Marvel character would make the best college president? Let’s limit the search to all nonmutants who have starred or will star in a Marvel movie.

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Right off the bat, you can count out Robert B. Banner, otherwise known as the Hulk. While Mr. Banner has three P…


Amid Uproar Over Arrests, Greensboro Chancellor Announces Retirement

The chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Linda P. Brady, announced on Monday that she would retire next year, but said her decision was not related to faculty protests over the firings and arrests of three former employees, the News & Record reports.

Last month three university-relations employees were fired for using state-owned cameras in a freelance photography business, according to the university. They have each been charged with felonies. In recent days faculty mem…