2 Embattled Presidents Resign

December 18, 2015

Leslie McClellon announced that she is stepping down as president of Rochester Community and Technical College, in Minnesota, The Star Tribune reported. In an email to the campus, she said that leaving the position she has held for 18 months is "in the best interest of the college." Student and faculty leaders have been pushing for McClellon's ouster, complaining about spending they consider lavish, hiring decisions they question and what critics call poor communication.

Also on Thursday, Nancy Carriuolo announced she would resign as president of Rhode Island College, a position she has held for more than seven years, NBC 10 News reported. Many faculty members have been pushing for her to leave, saying that she treats them and others unprofessionally and fails to consult others at the college about key decisions. While supporters said that the president improved the school, her resignation statement noted that the college is "divided" in ways that are not healthy for the institution, leading to her decision.

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