In a heated, narrowly divided closed-door meeting, Morgan State University's board of regents voted last week not to renew President David Wilson's contract, sources close to the board said Monday.
The ouster comes amid a string of recent incidents that have caused upheaval at the Northeast Baltimore institution, including two shootings on the campus in the past three months, a student accused of cannibalism, a botched move to replace the school's football coach and a professor's indictment on charges that he obtained hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants fraudulently.
But some sources close to the board, including state Sen. Joan Carter Conway, said the campus violence was not the driving factor behind the decision.
Wilson's contract is set to expire June 30. He was named Morgan's 12th president in December 2009, having drawn praise for previous work reaching out to college towns and spurring urban renewal. Wilson has led efforts to increase scholarship money, donating $100,000 of his own, and to revitalize areas around the campus.