President Fired After DWI Arrest

February 21, 2009

The board of Milwaukee Area Community College on Thursday night fired Darnell Cole as president, two weeks after he was arrested for drunk driving, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported. Some students and community groups organized a press conference and attended the board meeting to back Cole, who they said has done a good job. Some said he was being treated unfairly for being African-American. Other students, however, disagree. The MATC Times, the student newspaper, ran an editorial calling for his ouster. The editorial concluded this way: "Dr. Cole is an educated man and a school president; what was he doing driving drunk? What kind of message does that send to students? The halls of MATC are filled with posters and pamphlets warning of the dangers of drunk driving and how to avoid it. And yet our president seems never to have stopped and read one.... Drunk driving is a serious offense because it can so easily end in death, and as such, a simple apology is far from adequate as a response. If the MATC Board does not act to remove Dr. Cole, ... Darnell Cole should resign from MATC."

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