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Lincoln University president resigns after controversial remarks

11/25/2014 11:17AM ● Published by Steven Hoffman

Lincoln University president Robert Jennings resigned on Monday after remarks he made about sexual assaults and women caused controversy.

The resignation is effective immediately.

Speaking at a womens-only convocation in mid-September, Jennings referred to several instances on the college campus where reports of sexual assault had been filed. He talked about how false rape allegations can ruin a young man's life. His remarks were considered by some as an attempt to blame women for sexual assaults.

Jennings eventually apologized for the remarks, but criticism of the remarks continued.

The university announced that the Board of Trustees accepted Jennings' resignation on Monday. Valerie Harrison was appointed to serve as acting president while the board considers its options for a long-term interim president and begins its search for the next president.

Harrison serves as the university's general counsel. She was previously the vice president of legal affairs and general counsel at Arcadia University.



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