POST BY PADDY JOHNSON
Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz speaks at an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees
Yesterday, Brandeis University President Jehuda Reinharz resigned at an emergency meeting of the Board of Trustees. The focus of much controversy over the past year, last January Reinharz made an announcement that the University would shutter the Rose Museum and sell its collection as a result of a budget short fall. Reinharz claims that pressures resulting from that decision (and all subsequent decisions, which include keeping the Rose open, but still attempting to sell what they could) did not influence his choice to resign.
“I think that some people will regrettably focus on the past year, but if you look over his whole time at Brandeis, it's really an impressive record,'' Brandeis trustee member Jack Connor told the Boston Globe. According to Connor, the trustees urged Reinharz to stay on.
Nobody has commented about how this will effect The Rose Museum, however. Reinharz will remain as President through 2010, which suggests the current legal dispute over the Rose Museum will remain unaffected. At this stage in the game, The Rose Board of Overseers has filed a suit to prevent the sale of art works, and Brandeis has responded saying they have no standing (legal jargon for “the right to sue).
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