Criticism mounts as Linfield University president fires tenured professor

Linfield University President Miles K. Davis rebuffed calls to resign and defended the abrupt firing of an English professor who criticized him.

Davis also argued that a faculty handbook setting out a hearing process for disciplining a tenured professor was outdated and didn’t apply to the case of Daniel Pollack-Pelzner.

Pollack-Pelzner, a Shakespeare scholar who held an endowed chair and was a faculty trustee, had denounced the university’s handling of sexual misconduct allegations against board members, alleged that Davis had made an anti-Semitic remark about the “length of Jewish noses” and accused Davis of retaliating against him for speaking out.

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