U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Names Its First African-American Chancellor

Robert J. Jones, president of the University at Albany, was named on Tuesday as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, pending approval by its Board of Trustees at a July 21 meeting, according to a university news release. Mr. Jones would be the university’s first African-American chancellor since the office was created, in 1967, according to the university.

Mr. Jones had been at Albany, part of the State University of New York system, since 2013, and he was previously at …


Turkey’s Education Board Tells 1,577 University Deans to Resign

Turkey’s Higher Education Board has demanded the resignation of 1,577 university deans as part of a larger dismissal of employees at dozens of state institutions following a failed coup attempt on July 15, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

The deans are at private as well as state universities.

Several hundred employees were dismissed from the Ministry of Family and Social Policies, and thousands have been suspended from the military, the police, and the Finance Ministry, reported Reuters.

The govern…


California Community Colleges Names One of Its Presidents as Its New Chancellor

The California Community Colleges system has appointed Eloy Ortiz Oakley, president of Long Beach Community College District, to head the 113-college system, the Long Beach Press-Telegram reported on Monday.

Mr. Oakley will take charge of the country’s largest public-college system, serving about 2.1 million students, in December.

During his time at the helm of the Long Beach Community College District, Mr. Oakley helped create a program where students were guaranteed a path to university course…


Berkeley Student Is Among Those Killed in Terror Attack in France

The University of California at Berkeley reported on Sunday that one of its students was among the 84 people killed in Thursday’s terrorist attack in Nice, France.

The 20-year-old student, Nicolas Leslie, had been participating in a summer entrepreneurship program in Nice. He had been unaccounted for until Sunday, when his death was reported to campus officials by the FBI, the university said in a news release.

“This is tragic, devastating news,” Berkeley’s chancellor, Nicholas B. Dirks, s…


Embattled Dowling College to Close After All

Administrators at Dowling College, a small liberal-arts institution on New York’s Long Island, have announced that it will shut down for good after a protracted attempt to stay afloat, the Long Island Press reported on Friday.

Dowling initially announced its closing at the end of May, but administrators then attempted to stave off closure by negotiating an agreement with Global University Systems, a company that provides capital to higher-education institutions and strengthens their internation…


Indiana Governor, Trump’s VP Choice, Backed Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Law

Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana, whom Donald J. Trump named on Friday as his vice-presidential running mate, may be best known in academe for his support of a controversial “religious freedom” law last year that critics said amounted to a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.

Advocates of the law, formally the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, argued that it was intended only to protect religious liberty. But colleges and universities across Indiana, both…


New Mexico State U. Will Eliminate 126 Positions to Close Budget Gap

New Mexico State University’s main campus, in Las Cruces, plans to cut 126 positions — 37 of which are filled — as part of efforts to mitigate a budget shortfall of $12.1 million, the La Cruces Sun-News reported. Of the 37 existing jobs to be eliminated, three are faculty posts and the rest are staff positions, according to CBS4 News.

In a memorandum to the campus, Garrey E. Carruthers, chancellor of the New Mexico State University system, wrote that the past few months had posed “serious financ…


Former Temple U. Provost Fights Sexual-Harassment Allegations

The recently dismissed provost of Temple University, Hai-Lung Dai, says allegations that a sexual-harassment complaint was filed against him are fabricated, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Wednesday.

Two weeks ago Mr. Dai was abruptly fired by Temple’s president, Neil D. Theobald, who largely blamed him for a $22-million deficit in the university’s student-aid budget.

This week Mr. Theobald sent an email to a small group of university officials saying Mr. Dai had been mentioned in a sexual…


U. of Wisconsin Center Separated Students by Race to Discuss Shootings

The University of Wisconsin at Madison’s Multicultural Student Center held racially segregated meetings on Monday for students, faculty, and staff to discuss the recent fatal shootings of African-American men in Missouri and Louisiana as well as the killing of five police officers in Dallas last week, reported the Wisconsin State Journal on Wednesday.

In a now-deleted Facebook post, the center advertised two meetings for white students and university employees and two meetings for minority stude…


Board Rebukes President of Temple U. and Says It Will Fire Him

[Updated (7/12/2016, 9:09 p.m.) with additional information.]

Temple University’s Board of Trustees on Tuesday unanimously voted no confidence in the institution’s president, Neil D. Theobald, and announced its intention to dismiss him, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The trustees asked Mr. Theobald to resign, but he refused, according to Kevin Feeley, a spokesman for the board. The board plans to vote on Mr. Theobald’s ouster on July 21, Mr. Feeley said.

Tuesday’s announcement came less th…