A first. Oberlin College in Ohio named Carmen Twillie Ambar as its 15th president, and she will be the institution’s first African American leader in the school’s 184-year history, per a news release.

Ambar will step into the role in September. She is currently president of Cedar Crest College in Pennsylvania. Prior to joining Cedar Crest in 2008, Ambar was vice president and dean of Douglass College at Rutgers University. Ambar serves on the board for the Colonial States Athletic Conference, as well as the Women’s College Coalition.

“Oberlin is a singular institution in American higher education, with a historic commitment to social justice, academic and musical excellence, and the liberal arts,” Ambar said in the release. “I am humbled to be joining this institution and excited about the opportunity to lead it into its next era.”

Resignation. Jen Day Shaw, dean of students at the University of Florida, resigned after writing a positive job reference for an ex-employee who had been fired for using his work computer to buy pornography.

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported Shaw would have been fired if she had not left voluntarily. University officials said Shaw’s reference for Chris Loschiavo, who was fired last summer, included “misleading and incomplete information.”

The Chronicle said Shaw gave Florida Polytechnic University her “very highest endorsement!!!” Florida Polytechnic hired Loschiavo in April but he was fired a month later when he disclosed his past pornography purchases.

Conclusion. University of Wisconsin-Madison student Megan Mengelt’s lawsuit against an administrator involved in her mother’s death has been settled for $200,000.

Mengelt’s mother, Maureen, had been out for a run in 2013 when former Lutheran bishop Bruce Burnside hit her while texting and driving, according to the Wisconsin State Journal. At the time, Burnside had been texting Tori Richardson, assistant dean in the College of Letters and Science. Richardson reached out to Mengelt after her mother died to offer counseling without telling her how he was connected to the accident.

Mengelt filed a lawsuit against Richardson in 2015 after learning of his connection to Burnside, accusing Richardson of misrepresenting himself to get information she wouldn’t have otherwise disclosed, the Journal said.


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