Suffolk’s President and Its Board Chair Will Step Down

The president of Suffolk University and the chairman of its Board of Trustees will step down in an attempt to resolve a leadership controversy that has rocked the Massachusetts campus over the last week. In a joint statement, the chairman and the president — Andrew Meyer Jr. and Margaret A. McKenna, respectively — said Mr. Meyer would step down from the board when his term expires, in May, and Ms. McKenna would step down no later than the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year.

The statement als…


Keuka College to Change ‘Wolfpack’ Nickname After Pressure From N.C. State

Keuka College, a small liberal-arts institution in upstate New York, is changing its nickname under legal pressure from North Carolina State University, according to a news release from the college. Keuka’s sports teams, now known as the Wolfpack, will compete as the Wolves after the 2015-16 academic year concludes.

N.C. State, whose teams are also known as the Wolfpack, said Keuka’s nickname was infringing on its trademark and demanded several months ago that the college stop using it. Some co…


Accreditor Threatens to Step In as Illinois Colleges Wait for State Funds

The Higher Learning Commission sent a letter to Illinois lawmakers on Thursday, saying it is “obligated to move swiftly to protect Illinois students” if the state’s budget impasse continues and public colleges are denied state funds. Capitol Fax, an Illinois politics blog, obtained a copy of the letter, which is addressed to the state’s governor and members of the legislature.

In the letter, Barbara Gellman-Danley, president of the commission, wrote that the accreditor had contacted the state’s …


Chain of For-Profit Beauty Schools Will Close After U.S. Cuts Off Funds

All campuses of the for-profit Marinello Schools of Beauty chain will cease operations by Friday, following an announcement this week that the U.S. Department of Education was cutting off the institution’s access to federal student aid.

The chain has campuses in California, Connecticut, Kansas, Nebraska, and Nevada, with about 4,300 students and 800 employees. The department said Marinello was “knowingly requesting federal aid for students based on invalid high-school diplomas, underawarding Tit…


Student-Conduct Group’s President-Elect Says She Was Sexually Assaulted by Predecessor

[Updated (2/4/2016, 5:14 p.m.) with a statement from a lawyer representing Mr. Casares.]

The president-elect of the Association for Student Conduct Administration published an open letter on Wednesday asserting that her predecessor, who recently stepped down, had sexually assaulted her.

The president-elect, Jill L. Creighton, assistant director for global community standards at New York University, said in the letter, posted on Twitter, that Jason Casares “took advantage” of her at a convention …


Stanford Names Neuroscientist as Its Next President

Marc Tessier-Lavigne, a neuroscientist and president of Rockefeller University, has been named the 11th president of Stanford University, the institution announced on Thursday. Mr. Tessier-Lavigne, who is a former member of the Stanford faculty, will take the helm on September 1.

“Marc has a sophisticated understanding of the breadth of the Stanford enterprise, the centrality of faculty and students to our mission, and the critical role of the president in preserving and enhancing Stanford’s exc…


College in Indiana Cancels Classes Over Diversity Concerns

Earlham College, in Richmond, Ind., canceled classes on Thursday after a group of students voiced concerns about diversity on the campus, The Palladium-Item reports.

Protesting students said in a “List of Requirements Concerning Students of Color,” delivered to administrators on Monday, that the “campus is unsuitable for students of color to thrive.”

In the document, the students laid out nine demands, including increasing the number of minority faculty members, requiring racial-diversity traini…


Chicago State Declares Financial Exigency as Budget Standoff Continues

Chicago State University has declared financial exigency, signaling the possibility of sharp cuts as the state’s public colleges struggle to find a way forward after seven months without state funding. The Chicago Tribune reports that the university says it does not have enough money to pay its employees through March.

Declaring financial exigency typically makes it easier for an institution to take drastic measures to cut expenses, including the firing of tenured professors. The university’s Bo…


Iowa State Senator Wants Public Colleges to Cut Ties With Stanford Over Halftime Show

bill in the Iowa Senate would ban the state’s three public universities from collaborating with Stanford University, except in athletics, until Stanford apologizes for its marching band’s halftime performance when Stanford and the University of Iowa faced off in the Rose Bowl.

Introduced on Wednesday by Mark Chelgren, a Republican, the bill asks Stanford to ”publicly apologize to Iowa’s citizens and to the University of Iowa for the unsporting behavior of the Leland Stanford Junior Universit…


Suffolk U. Faculty Calls on Board Chair to Resign Amid Reports of a Push to Oust the President

Suffolk University’s Faculty Senate on Wednesday issued a statement of support for the Massachusetts university’s embattled president, Margaret A. McKenna, and called for the resignation of chairman of its Board of Trustees, Andrew Meyer Jr., the Boston Business Journal reports.

The statement came in response to widespread reports that the board may be planning to fire Ms. McKenna just eight months into her tenure. On Sunday, The Boston Globe reported, Ms. McKenna sent the trustees a letter alle…