Controversial Saint Joseph's President Plans to Retire

The Rev. C. Kevin Gillespie, president of Saint Joseph's University for the last two years, has announced plans to step down in June. Father Gillespie and his administration have been the subject of numerous faculty protests and votes of no confidence, with professors saying that the administration has pursued unrealistic and unwise solutions to financial problems, in part for failing to consult with the faculty.


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Sudden Presidential Departure at Dakota State

David Borofsky resigned suddenly Wednesday as president of Dakota State University, after less than three years in office, The Argus Leader reported. In a message to the campus, Borofsky noted that a number of administrative changes he made have been "controversial and unpopular." He did not express regret for the changes but said that "a change agent of an organization can almost never be the healer ... and DSU needs to heal. Therefore ... I announce my retirement from Dakota State University, effective today."


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NCAA: Athletics departments shouldn't oversee investigations of sex assault allegations

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NCAA says sports programs should cooperate with, but not oversee, investigations into alleged sexual assaults.


Colleges struggle to engage parents of first-generation college students

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Professors complain about hovering moms and dads, but many educators find that this isn't an issue for first-generation students, who need more parental involvement.

WVU coach admits that lying is part of recruiting -- and initial transcript leaves that out

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Leader of West Virginia U. football team admits in news conference that lying is part of recruiting. When the university posted transcript and video, that line was initially deleted.

New presidents or provosts: Baltimore Gwinnett Holy Family MSU-Billings Mt. Washington Pima Tulsa Va. Highlands

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  • Gene C. Couch Jr., executive vice president at Alamance Community College, in North Carolina, has been chosen as president of Virginia Highlands Community College.
  • David Doré, dean of instruction for career and technical education at Mesa Community College, in Arizona, has been named president Pima Community College’s Northwest Campus.

Columbia Arts and Sciences Faculty Want More Resources

Arts and sciences faculty members at Columbia University are increasingly complaining about inadequate resources, The Wall Street Journal reported. Among the concerns: facilities that need to be updated, sabbatical support that isn't complete, and insufficient staffing levels. Professors complain that professional schools at Columbia seem to be benefiting more from ongoing resource allocation. Administrators say that they are talking to faculty about the concerns.


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College President Suspended After Drunk Driving Arrest

The board of West Shore Community College, in Michigan, placed President Charles Dillon on paid leave Monday night, following his drunk driving arrest last week, The Mason County Press reported. The board also required Dillon to enter a residential alcohol treatment program and to return the car owned by the college. Dillon was arrested after police received reports of a drunk driver. He spent a night in jail before being released on bond. Dillon spoke briefly at the meeting, saying: “I take full responsibility for my behavior. I own it. I am filled with regret. I let down the college, the board, my colleagues and friends who I have worked so hard to build the reputation of this college and most of all, I let down my family. I am so sorry and I ask for your forgiveness.”

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Legislative Panel Votes to Censure U. of Texas Regent

The Texas House Transparency Committee voted Monday to censure Wallace Hall, a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, for “misconduct, incompetency in the performance of official duties, or behavior unbefitting a nominee for and holder of a state office," The Texas Tribune reported. Hall has engaged in lengthy investigations, complete with mammoth document requests, of the University of Texas at Austin, and many have accused him of a witch hunt to try to force the ouster of President Bill Powers. Hall issued a statement saying that "the committee's findings are based on distortions, untruths, and intentional misrepresentations."

70 Adjuncts Lose Jobs at St. Augustine's

St. Augustine's University, a historically black college in North Carolina, has announced that 70 adjuncts will not be rehired for the coming academic year, The News and Observer of Raleigh reported. The university has been struggling financially. The institution will furlough all employees for a week in December.

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