College of Southern California president C. L. Max Nikias resigned on Tuesday, as the varsity faces lawsuits from over alleged intercourse abuse from a campus physician. The varsity acknowledged that they’d acquired about 200 complaints about Dr. George Tyndall, about alleged sexual misconduct and feedback that made college students uncomfortable.
The varsity had been affected by different scandals throughout Nikias’ time as president, together with when a former medical college dean was caught doing medicine on campus and his successor had a sexual harassment grievance towards him that the varsity settled, in response to the New York Occasions.
On August 1, greater than 650 professors demanded that Nikias go away earlier than courses start for the 2018-19 college 12 months on August 20. Nikias and the college listened, as the varsity introduced the resignation on Tuesday, saying it was efficient instantly.
“President Nikias can’t be the one who stands as much as greet the brand new college students on the Convocation,” the letter stated. “If he’s, we face the prospect of scholar protests and walkouts, mother or father outrage, and a broad public notion that we’ve got gone again on our dedication to accountability and transparency.”
The college’s new interim president is Wanda M. Austin. She is the primary girl and first African American to carry the place. She had beforehand been a college trustee, and was the president and CEO of the Aerospace Company.
In accordance with Rick J. Caruso, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, the board will start trying to find a brand new everlasting president, and hopes to discover a candidate within the subsequent six months.
Nikias, in the meantime, will stay within the fold at USC, holding the title of president emeritus, NBC Information reported.