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.
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."
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.
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.”
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."
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.