Cosby Resigns as Trustee of Temple U., His Alma Mater

December 2, 2014

The entertainer Bill Cosby has resigned as a trustee of his alma mater, Temple University, a post he had held since 1982, the university announced Monday.

Cosby’s involvement in higher education is extensive, but institutions are distancing themselves from him because of allegations, some new and some old, that he assaulted 20 women over the years.

In a statement released by Temple, Cosby said, "I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees." The university said it had accepted his resignation and thanked him for his service.

Spelman College, which received $20 million from Cosby in the late 1980s, also released a statement about its relationship with Cosby. "The academic center and endowed professorship were funded through a philanthropic commitment from the Cosby family made more than 25 years ago, and at this time there are no discussions regarding changes to the terms of the gift," Spelman President Beverly Daniel Tatum said.

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