Wilberforce University President Patricia Hardaway is stepping down from her post at the end of this year. Hardaway informed the university's Board of Trustees that she will will resign effectively on December 31.
Hardaway became the 19th President of Wilberforce and only the second woman to hold the job. She is also a Wilberforce alumna, who had worked at various positions at the university.
Hardaway was appointed after Floyd Flake resigned whose tenure had been controversial at the university. But her time as president has also had problems.
A southwest Ohio man who unfurled a Confederate battle flag at a school board meeting says he was trying to make a point about history. Others say his move was offensive.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Sonny Thomas says his message was misinterpreted. He showed the flag at a recent Springboro board of education meeting in response to it backing off an earlier plan to offer a constitutional class with a religious theme. He says the flag means heritage to many people in the South and that he meant to educate and inform.
Ohio’s Former Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents is taking a new job. Eric Fingerhut has been named the President and CEO of the Hillel Foundation, an organization that helps Jewish college aged students. Fingerhut says he’s excited about this new possibility.
"I feel so blessed to have this opportunity to bring together the two passions of my life – education and my connection to the Jewish world," says Fingerhut. Nothing would make me happier than for this to be the job that spend the rest of my professional career in and make a difference everyday."