Roderick McDavis, president of Ohio University, and his wife, Deborah, have moved out of the presidential home after she fell and broke a foot while dodging a bat. While removal of bats from the home is not controversial, many students and faculty members are angry that the university's foundation is now talking about spending $1.2 million to buy a new home for the president, rather than simply getting the bats removed from the current home, The Athens News reported. Foundation officials said that purchasing a new home would help not only the current president, but future presidents. But critics say that there are so many unmet needs on campus that affect students and professors that spending $1.2 million in this way is inappropriate. A "bat rally" is planned for tomorrow, and is being promoted on Facebook with the image at right.
Mary Schmidt Campbell (right) has been named as the next president of Spelman College, where she will succeed Beverly Daniel Tatum, who is retiring from the position in July. Campbell, who will assume her new role Aug. 1, has served as executive director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, cultural affairs commissioner in New York City and (most recently) as dean of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. Campbell is part of a family full of academic leaders. Garikai Campbell, one of her sons, is provost of Morehouse College, and George Campbell Jr., her husband, is president emeritus of The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art.
The American Council on Education last week named 47 faculty members and administrators as the latest class in the association's fellows program. Participants in the program are nominated by an administrator at their home institution and then work for a year at another institution, where they have an administrator as a mentor. The program is credited with launching or jump-starting many an administrative career, and many presidents and provosts credit the fellowship with their subsequent success. Here are the members of the latest class.
The late Dean Smith, the legendary basketball coach who died last month, left $200 to each of the basketball players he coached over 36 years at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Sports Illustrated reported. The players are receiving the checks with a note encouraging them to "enjoy a dinner out compliments of Coach Dean Smith."
N.C.A.A., Educause, NASPA and other groups hosting events in Indiana say they're concerned about new law that critics argue gives businesses the right to discriminate against gay people. Thus far, no one is staying away -- and some wonder why criticism came too late.