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September 29, 2012 | By Mark Pratt, Associated Press
BOSTON - John Silber, 86, the sharp-tongued, pugnacious public intellectual who transformed Boston University during a quarter-century as president, died Thursday at his Brookline home, university spokesman Colin Riley said. Dr. Silber had been suffering from liver ailments recently, Riley said. Dr. Silber took over BU, then a financially troubled commuter school of middling reputation, in 1971 and used his forceful - some said imperious - personality to remake it into a prominent national university.
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January 5, 2013
Lloyd H. Elliott, 94, the president of George Washington University who helped shepherd its transition from a regional commuter school in the mid-1960s to an institution of growing academic prominence in the late 1980s, died Tuesday at the university's hospital in Washington. Dr. Elliott had a brain hemorrhage after falling twice, his family said. During his tenure as university president from 1965 to 1988, he sought to steer clear of political battles and guard the independence of an institution just blocks from the White House.
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June 23, 2012
TEANECK, N.J. - J. Michael Adams, 64, president of Fairleigh Dickinson University for more than a decade before announcing his retirement last month, died Thursday. Mr. Adams went on medical leave in the fall after being stricken with a blood disorder, and the university said he underwent a bone marrow transplant in February that was unsuccessful. He was later diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. A university spokesman said he died at the Morristown Medical Center. Mr. Adams took over as the private university's sixth president in 1999.
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April 19, 2013 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
Francis L. Lawrence, 75, who served as president of Rutgers University from 1990 to 2002, died Tuesday, April 16, in his Mount Laurel home, the university said Wednesday. A cause of death was not disclosed. Dr. Lawrence oversaw a period of sweeping changes at the state's flagship public university, including the implementation of the school's first long-term strategic plan, "A New Vision for Excellence," and the establishment of more than 50 new undergraduate and graduate degree programs and more than 45 research centers and institutes, the school said.
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January 11, 2004 | By James M. O'Neill INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After only five months in the job, Derek J. Hodgson yesterday announced that he would resign as president of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, effective Friday. He cited personal reasons, without elaborating. The news blindsided faculty on campus. "I was stunned. He's only been here one semester," said Randy Jesick, a journalism professor at IUP. "I've been here 35 years, and this has never happened before. " Hodgson's predecessor, Lawrence Pettit, had been president for 11 years.
BUSINESS
May 27, 2013 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
  His Twitter handle is @SpinelliS. His blog address: http://wordpress.philau.edu/president . There, and on Facebook too, Stephen Spinelli Jr. has sounded off on such topics as the ill-advised but brief decision by Maker's Mark to water down its bourbon, the end of Yahoo's work-from-home practices, the parallels between preventive car care and employers' needs, and so much more. Through the electronic chatter, Spinelli, president of Philadelphia University and a cofounder of Jiffy Lube, is trying to inspire on his 3,500-student campus development of more of what he is to his core: a hopelessly addicted entrepreneur.
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September 20, 1999 | By Graham B. Spanier
"The state trooper came at 4:35 a.m. two years ago. I remember seeing my husband scream across the room and not being able to hear him because, I later realized, I was screaming also . . . no one should have to go through the agony we have experienced . . . " Opening a letter from the mother of a student who died as a result of drinking too much alcohol is one of the most difficult duties of a university president. Having to call a parent or read such a letter is all too common for my colleagues and me. Different things occupied our time before: handling student protests, debating at faculty meetings or lobbying for more funds.
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July 14, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Steve Bohnel, STAFF WRITERS
Temple University's board of trustees on Tuesday took a unanimous vote of no confidence in president Neil D. Theobald during a private session, and announced its intention to dismiss him. The board's action, announced by spokesman Kevin Feeley, came after a regularly scheduled meeting. News of the planned ouster came less than a month after Theobald removed provost Hai-Lung Dai from his post and blamed him for a $22 million shortfall in the university's merit scholarship program.
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September 15, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sheldon Hackney, 79, who served as president of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University, and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, died Thursday, Sept. 12, at his home on Martha's Vineyard. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. During his 12 years as president of Penn, Dr. Hackney helped lead the school through a record-setting financial turnaround that raised $1.33 billion and quadrupled the endowment.
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October 14, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Maureen McGarrity, a longtime educator with a doctorate in microbiology, was inaugurated Sunday as the fifth president of Holy Family University. McGarrity, 68, the institution's former provost, took office July 1 after the retirement of Sister Francesca Onley, who had served as president for more than three decades. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrated the inauguration Mass in the Nazareth Academy High School chapel.
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July 14, 2016 | By Susan Snyder and Steve Bohnel, STAFF WRITERS
Temple University's board of trustees on Tuesday took a unanimous vote of no confidence in president Neil D. Theobald during a private session, and announced its intention to dismiss him. The board's action, announced by spokesman Kevin Feeley, came after a regularly scheduled meeting. News of the planned ouster came less than a month after Theobald removed provost Hai-Lung Dai from his post and blamed him for a $22 million shortfall in the university's merit scholarship program.
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April 9, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A 23-year-old West Chester University student has been charged with raping a student in a parking garage last week, officials said Thursday. Austin Eaddy, of Philadelphia, allegedly assaulted a female student around 2:30 a.m. Friday. Eaddy, who was also charged Wednesday with theft and related offenses, was identified through video surveillance, officials said. He was unable to post $100,000 bail and remained in custody. In a statement, interim university president Christopher Fiorentino said: "Every student on West Chester University's campus should know that the university treats sexual misconduct and violence with the utmost seriousness.
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November 26, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY president Robert Jennings resigned yesterday amid criticism over comments he made about sexual assault earlier this semester. The university announced Jennings' departure in a statement from board of trustees chairwoman Kimberly Lloyd. A university spokeswoman said the resignation is immediate, but she would not provide a reason. Valerie Harrison, the school's general counsel, will serve as acting president while the trustees look for a long-term replacement.
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October 26, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing falling enrollment, sluggish fund-raising, and a turnover in staff, the faculty union at Lincoln University this week took a vote of no confidence in the school's president, according to several people with knowledge of the matter. The vote came about five months after the university's alumni association voted no confidence in Robert R. Jennings, who has presided over the historically black university since January 2012. "Overall," said Robert Ingram, president of the 700-member alumni association, "there's a loss of confidence in his ability to lead the university at a very critical time for colleges and universities in America" - especially historically black colleges and universities.
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October 14, 2014 | By Stephan Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sister Maureen McGarrity, a longtime educator with a doctorate in microbiology, was inaugurated Sunday as the fifth president of Holy Family University. McGarrity, 68, the institution's former provost, took office July 1 after the retirement of Sister Francesca Onley, who had served as president for more than three decades. Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees education in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, celebrated the inauguration Mass in the Nazareth Academy High School chapel.
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May 16, 2014 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Holy Family University on Wednesday elevated its provost, Sister Maureen McGarrity, to president. McGarrity, a longtime educator who has worked at the Catholic university for 37 years, takes over for Sister Francesca Onley, who announced in January that she would retire. Onley has led the school for 32 years and is one of the region's longest-serving presidents. McGarrity, 68, will begin as the Philadelphia university's fifth president July 1. "Sister Maureen has the higher-education experience needed in a university president," said Dennis J. Colgan, chairman of the board of trustees.
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January 15, 2014 | BY SOLOMON LEACH, Daily News Staff Writer leachs@phillynews.com, 215-854-5903
HOLY FAMILY University announced yesterday that president Sister Francesca Onley will retire in June after 32 years leading the Northeast Philadelphia school. Onley, who was the longest-tenured university president in the city, was inaugurated as the school's fourth president and chief administrative officer in 1981, the university said. "I feel so privileged to have been able to play a role in Holy Family's tremendous transformation from a college to a university, from a small, local private school to one with students from other states and other countries," said Onley, a 1959 graduate of the school.
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January 4, 2014 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Christine A. Kaczmar-Russo, 52, of Glen Mills, an administrator at St. Joseph's University, died Wednesday, Dec. 25, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania from advanced angiosarcoma, a cancer of cells that line blood vessel walls. She had been ill with the disease for the last two years, and went twice to Paris for treatments unavailable in the United States, said her sister-in-law Barbara Bravo. The former Christine Kaczmar was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia in 1996.
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December 17, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHILADELPHIA Drexel University president John A. Fry made the million-dollar-plus club. Fry is one of 42 private college presidents nationwide who were paid more than $1 million in total compensation in 2011, the latest year for which data are available, according to the annual salary survey published by the Chronicle of Higher Education. With a salary of $1.02 million, he placed 41st in compensation among the nation's private colleges. Total compensation includes base pay, bonus pay, deferred compensation, benefits, and other miscellaneous pay. It's the first year Fry's full salary at Drexel has been made public in the report, which draws data from public tax forms.
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September 15, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sheldon Hackney, 79, who served as president of the University of Pennsylvania and Tulane University, and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, died Thursday, Sept. 12, at his home on Martha's Vineyard. The cause of death was amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. During his 12 years as president of Penn, Dr. Hackney helped lead the school through a record-setting financial turnaround that raised $1.33 billion and quadrupled the endowment.
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