Alexander, president of Oregon State University, resigns amid LSU scandal

Amid a cascade of outrage over his role in the Louisiana State University sexual misconduct scandal, President F.J. The resignation of King Alexander was unanimously accepted by the Board of Trustees of Reagan State University on Tuesday.

Alexander’s resignation is effective April 1, but he will remain on administrative leave until then. His resignation comes with a settlement agreement that will pay him an additional annual salary of around ,000 600,000 a year. The money will come from the OSU Foundation, as opposed to its general fund.

Alexander was president of the LSU from 2013 to 2019, when the school systematically misreported reports of sexual abuse by students and by head football coach Les Miles, according to a report released this month by the law firm Hushu Blackwell .

An investigation by USA Today found that LSU had hired H. Blackwell in November that officials at the university’s athletics department and broader administration repeatedly ignored complaints against abusers, denied requests for victims’ protection and sought further damages by known criminals. Is.

Alexander began his tenure at Reg Reagan State University in July 2020. He spoke shortly afterwards in a meeting on Tuesday and offered an apology to the survivors for the pain they suffered.

Some board members have also apologized to the survivors and others who were offended by what they saw as indifference to their feelings by the board last week. Porterland Trail Blazer TV analyst Lamar Heard, who holds a large position on the OSU board, spoke with tears.

“I know people are hurting,” said Herd, who had to stop several times to compose himself. “Sexual assault and abuse and violence and in matters of that nature, I know, provoke a lot. I know that is often overlooked. I just want to make sure you know it hasn’t been ignored.

Herd added, “I’m sorry for the pain people have had to endure.” “This is not what Oregon State is all about or wants to be.”

OSU Provost Edward Phaser will hold the presidency until the board appoints an interim president. The OSU board chairman will begin the search for an interim president by seeking various, well-qualified candidates and in consultation with many groups, including faculty leadership and others.

Alexander’s resignation comes less than a week after the Hush Blackwell report was leaked and the OSU board, embroiled in institutional failures, voted 12-2-2 to put him on probation instead of being fired by the OSU board.

The board also said it would appoint an external consultant to further investigate problems at LSU, and asked Alexander to draw up an “action plan” to rebuild trust with the Reagan state community.

But the decision angered Alexander, who has been criticized by both Oregon State and Oregon Statehouse for refusing to take responsibility for failures at LSU. Immediately after the board’s decision, a vote of no confidence was issued by the OSU faculty senate, and Oregon Governor Kate Brown, who appointed the board members, also expressed displeasure.

“When we adjourned last week, we thought it was possible for President Alexander to repair the broken confidence and confidence in his ability to lead the OSU,” OSU board chairperson Rani Borkar said on Tuesday. Which he offered Sunday.

“After hearing and hearing important input from various members of our community, we now know that rebuild trust is no longer possible. Simply put, Dr. Alexander no longer trusts the OSU community.”

Alexander is the fifth person to face the consequences since USA Today reporting, which revealed widespread failures in the way LSU handled complaints of sexual misconduct and gender-based violence.

The University of Kansas announced on March 8 that it was partnering with football coach Les Miles, which outside investigators found had inappropriate relationships with female student workers while she was at LSU. The departure of Kansas Athletic Director Jeff Long, who said he did not know about the charges against Miles when he was hired in 2018, was announced two days later.

The two administrators of LSU’s athletics department who discovered Hitch Blackwell, who did not properly report the Title IX complaints, have also been disciplined. Executive Deputy Athletic Director Vergus Saberi and Senior Associate Athletic Director Miriam Seger were suspended for 30 days and Segar for 21 days.

Alexander insisted he had done nothing wrong while at LSU, and defended himself vigorously during last week’s public meeting. But on Monday, the chairman of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors sent a letter to the OSU board, saying Alexander was not truthful in his testimony.

Alexander misled the OSU about his desire to be interviewed by the LSU to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct under his watch, wrote Robert Dempsey, chairman of the LSU board.

Last week, Alexander told the board that law firm Hush Blackwell never visited him to investigate LSU’s sexual misconduct and dating violence, which ended in March and focused on the systemic failure of Alexander’s watch.

Dumpy said Husch Blackwell twice asked to interview Alexander. However the general counsel for reg Reagan State replied on behalf of Alexander and said he would only take written questions.

“In Search of Truth, Hitch Blackwell collected a total of 75,000 pages of ૨ 2,000 documents and information on 27 community outreach interview sessions with 10 participants per session, in addition to more than 600 interviews with LSU staff,” Dampf wrote. “But they had two and a half pages of Dr. Alexander’s answers.”

Alexander also claimed at a hearing last week that he had created one for each LSU campus, except for keeping the LSU title ninth office fee seven title IX coordinators. And he took credit for closing the problematic fraternity due to the title Ninth Violation.

Dempf noted in his letter that the title was taken to the ninth coordinators before Alexander’s arrival in 2013, and the brother was discontinued because a pledge died during a hedging ritual, not because of the IX issues.

Prior to his tenure at LSU, Alexander was President of the University of California at Long Beach from 2006-2013. Prior to that, he served as president of Murray State University in Kentucky from 2001-2005, replacing his father, Kern Alexander, who led the school for seven years before leaving office in 2001.

The OSU Board’s Executive and Audit Debt Committee will now evaluate the University’s Title IX reporting and outstanding services, as well as respond to feedback and questions received from the Faculty Senate.

“The last few weeks have been a very difficult experience for all of us, for the entire OSU community,” Boker said at the conclusion of the meeting on Tuesday. “We will learn from this experience, though we will not let it fall apart. Let us heal together. Let us excel in teaching, student success, research discovery and service engagement.”

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