Spelman Discontinues Cosby Professorship

July 27, 2015

Spelman College announced Friday that it is discontinuing an endowed professorship named for Bill Cosby and his wife. "The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College has been discontinued and related funds have been returned to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation," said a statement from the college. A spokeswoman declined to comment further.

Bill and Camille Cosby are major donors to Spelman, and an academic building is named for Camille Cosby. The Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation was created by Bill Cosby to provide grants to historically black colleges. Spelman has faced criticism from some of its own students and alumnae for not moving quickly to sever Cosby ties amid the scandal as more and more women accused him of drugging them and having sex with them without their consent. Recently released depositions have indicated that Cosby admitted to such conduct.

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