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October 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Stanford University's president has rejected an outdoor sculpture for the campus of an upside-down church with its steeple poking into the ground. John Hennessy overruled the recommendation of a panel created to select artwork. It is the first time in 13 years that has happened, according to the director of Stanford's art museum. The panel has chosen more than 70 sculptures for the campus.
January 30, 2014 | By Hailey Branson-Potts
Michael V. Drake, chancellor of UC Irvine, is expected to be named the new president of Ohio State University. Drake, who has been chancellor at UCI since 2005, is expected to be introduced at an Ohio State Board of Trustees meeting Thursday afternoon,  according to the Columbus Dispatch . His hiring is expected to be approved, and he would begin as president in June, the Dispatch reported. University officials in Ohio declined to comment Thursday morning and said that nothing had been decided.
February 19, 1987
Richard Butwell, president of California State University, Dominguez Hills died Wednesday at Torrance Memorial Hospital after an early morning heart attack at his home in Torrance. He was 57 and had headed the Carson campus since Aug. 15, 1984. A university spokesman said Butwell had no previous record of heart problems and had appeared to be in good health. John Brownell, vice president for academic affairs at Dominguez Hills, was named acting president by W.
November 4, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott is sticking around for at least five more years. The Pac-12's university presidents and chancellors extended Scott's contract Monday through the 2017-18 academic year. As part of the extension, Scott also was named the executive chairman of Pac-12 Enterprises. Since taking over on July 1, 2009, Scott has overseen the conference's expansion to include Utah and Colorado and created a league title game in football. He also negotiated a landmark 12-year television contract - which began last fall - with Fox and ESPN worth about $3 billion and helped form the Pac-12 Networks and Pac-12 Digital Network.
August 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The University of Tennessee president resigned amid growing scrutiny of his spending, including questions about his use of the school's airplane and a university credit card. John Shumaker cut up the credit card and this month reimbursed the university $25,000 for airplane flights. Shumaker, 60, came to the university a little more than a year ago from the University of Louisville. Both schools have ordered audits of his spending.
December 23, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Tomas Arciniega, president of Cal State Bakersfield, is stepping down in June, university officials said. A search will begin in January to replace him. Search committee members say they will look for a good fundraiser with a high profile to replace Arciniega, who has been at the university for 21 years. The search committee's only public meeting will be from 10:15 to 11:45 a.m. on Jan. 13 in the Albertson Room of the Dor Theatre in Bakersfield.
September 19, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
The former president of Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant was sentenced to 10 years in prison today for defrauding the school of more than $3.4 million, including $39,000 spent on furniture for his home. Leon Hibbs, 59, asked for a community-service sentence, but U.S. District Judge Ralph Thompson said the former university president had had his chance at public service and "you exploited it."
November 11, 1987 | Associated Press
Gunmen on Tuesday ambushed the car of a university president, wounding him and killing a companion. The gunmen, in two vehicles, attacked the car of Nemesio Prudente, president of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, as he and three associates were leaving the home of Rep. Pablo Ocampo, Police Capt. Rodolfo Diaz said.
August 25, 1989 | From Associated Press
University of North Carolina System President C. D. Spangler today called on North Carolina State basketball Coach Jim Valvano to quit as athletic director and said the "status quo is not good enough" in the school's basketball program. Spangler said he wanted Valvano to resign as athletic director no later than Dec. 31. Valvano said Thursday he would resign if asked to do so, but there was no immediate comment from him today.
Chapman University notified 12 employees Monday that their jobs will be eliminated in the first layoffs there in several years. The move will save more than $500,000 in the fiscal year starting June 1, President James L. Doti said Monday. All 12 jobs are administrative or staff positions; no teachers will be laid off.
September 14, 2013 | Times wire services
Sheldon Hackney, an educator and historian who served as president of Tulane University and the University of Pennsylvania before becoming chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, has died. He was 79. Hackney died Thursday at his home on Martha's Vineyard of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, officials from Penn and Tulane confirmed. He was president of Tulane from 1975 to 1980 and president of Penn from 1981 to 1993, when he was nominated by President Clinton to serve as chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
July 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The nomination of Janet Napolitano, the U.S. secretary of Homeland Security and former governor of Arizona, to be UC president has elicited many positive comments about how her managerial and political skills can help the university system. But some skeptics are voicing concerns about her lack of education administrative credentials and question the secretive process that led to her selection. Her nomination was approved by a 10-member committee of UC regents and remained a tight secret until it was announced Friday, without the chance for advance public comment.
June 2, 2013 | By Maher Abukhater and Edmund Sanders, Los Angeles Times
RAMALLAH, West Bank - The new Palestinian Authority prime minister is a British-educated academic with no political experience who will be charged with forming the fifth Palestinian government since 2006. But the tenure of Rami Hamdallah, 54, who has served since 1998 as president of An Najah National University in Nablus, may be short-lived because Palestinian leaders say they hope to form yet another new government in as few as three months. On Sunday, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas named Hamdallah to replace Salam Fayyad, who had served in the post since 2007 before resigning in frustration in April.
May 1, 2013 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski
Longtime digital media veteran Peter Levinsohn will join Universal Pictures as president and chief distribution officer, overseeing worldwide home entertainment, new media and digital strategy and international and domestic television distribution. Levinsohn spent nearly 25 years at Fox, most recently as president of new media and digital distribution for Fox Filmed Entertainment. He has been credited with striking lucrative deals with such digital distributors as Netflix, Amazon, Apple Inc.'s iTunes and Microsoft Corp.'s Xbox Live.
June 28, 2011
Cable giant Comcast Corp. isn't changing the channel at Universal Studios. Universal President Ron Meyer has signed a new contract with his bosses at Comcast that will extend his tenure until December, 2015. His previous deal had been set to expire at the end of 2012. The extension is a vote of confidence by Comcast, which acquired the studio's parent company, NBCUniversal, in January. Many people in Hollywood had speculated that the new owner might seek to make a management change at Universal given the poor performance of its movie division over the last two years with a string of costly flops such as "Land of the Lost" and "The Wolfman.
June 23, 2011 | By Christine Mai-Duc
After news broke of the arrest of notorious mobster James "Whitey" Bulger, presidential candidate Mitt Romney paused to comment. "I hope the capture of Whitey Bulger brings some measure of relief to the families of his numerous victims," the former Massachusetts governor said in a statement today. "It brings to a close a sad and sordid chapter in recent Massachusetts history. " Bulger, now 81, has been on the run since 1994, when he fled Boston as federal agents were preparing to arrest him in connection with at least 19 killings, racketeering offenses and other crimes from the early 1970s to mid-1980s.
Mayor Tom Bradley wrote the president of Cal State Northridge on Tuesday, saying he was sickened by discovery on the campus of flyers offering free baseball bats for a "gay bashing and clubbing night" and urging severe punishment for the originators. University President James W. Cleary was described as dismayed that Bradley made the letter public before Cleary received it.
President Kim Young Sam, in a move to give his government a more reformist face, appointed South Korea's top legal scholar Friday to serve as his next prime minister. Lee Soo Song, president of Seoul National University, the nation's most prestigious educational institution, will take office at a time of intense political turmoil. Kim's two immediate predecessors, former Presidents Chun Doo Hwan and Roh Tae Woo, were recently jailed on mutiny and bribery charges.
March 28, 2011 | By James Oliphant, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
In his remarks to the nation Monday, President Obama needed to navigate a narrow, thorny path in explaining the United States' involvement in Libya's internal strife. He had to persuade a somewhat skeptical American public that intervention was in the national interest, while reassuring viewers that the U.S. military's role would remain a limited one. He had to cast the action in terms of protecting Libya's helpless citizens from the attacks of Moammar Kadafi's forces, without claiming that Kadafi's ouster was the goal of the military operation.
December 23, 2010 | By Gary Klein
USC's hearing before the NCAA's Infractions Appeals Committee will take place Jan. 22 in Indianapolis, Athletic Director Pat Haden said Thursday. USC is appealing sanctions handed down last summer that included a two-year bowl ban and the reduction of 30 scholarships over three years. The school was penalized, in part, because Reggie Bush and his parents were found to have accepted prohibited extra benefits from agents and would-be sports marketers. Haden, Max Nikias, USC's president, David Roberts, the school's vice president for athletic compliance, and the university's legal representatives are expected to attend the hearing.
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