Simon Newman leaves Mount St. Mary’s University
Simon Newman stepped down as president of Mount St. Mary’s University in Maryland on February 29, after less than a year of service. His resignation came in the wake of a series of well-publicized events that called into question his student retention policies.
The Catholic institution’s board credited Newman with “strengthening the university’s finances, developing a comprehensive strategic plan for our future and bringing many new ideas to campus.”
Newman also created unintended scrutiny when in January the campus newspaper reported that he had compared struggling students to bunnies that needed to be drowned or threatened with a gun. Then he fired two faculty members (including one tenured) who publicly opposed his views; both were quickly reinstated.
Newman had previously worked in private equity and business. Business school dean Karl Einolf was named acting president.
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