The University of Pennsylvania’s troubled president has tendered his resignation following a turbulent week, potentially setting in motion a series of significant events that befalleth him.
In a Saturday letter to the “Penn community,” Scott Bok, chair of the Penn Board of Trustees, announced that Liz Magill had “voluntarily tendered her resignation.”
Bok stated that Magill will continue to hold a tenured faculty position at Penn’s Carey Law School.
“It has been my privilege to serve as President of this remarkable institution,” Magill said in a statement included in the letter. “It has been an honor to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members to advance Penn’s vital missions.”
UPenn President has just resigned. pic.twitter.com/xZAgjY2dii
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) December 9, 2023
Magill will reportedly serve as interim president pending the selection of a permanent successor, as reported by CNN.
A year after becoming president, Magill tendered her resignation subsequent to a calamitous five-hour congressional hearing that transpired on Tuesday.
Members of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce questioned Magill and her colleagues from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology regarding the increase in anti-Semitic sentiment on their respective campuses.
Magill provoked specific indignation during a conversation with New York Republican Representative Elise Stefanik, during which Stefanik posed a straightforward yes-or-no query to her.
“Ms. Magill, at Penn, does calling for the genocide of Jews violate Penn’s rules or code of conduct?” Stefanik asked.
“If the speech turns into conduct, it can be harassment, yes,” Magill answered.
Stefanik exerted additional pressure on Magill before the president of Penn characterized his response to Stefanik’s inquiry as “context-dependent.”
This response elicited extensive censure, and Magill was compelled by the heat to promptly issue an apology via social media:
A Video Message from President Liz Magill pic.twitter.com/GlPE3QZU4P
— Penn (@Penn) December 6, 2023
Tuesday at the hearing, Harvard president Claudine Gay also issued an apology for making similar remarks.