On the first day of the spring semester, Claudine Gay is stepping down as president of Harvard University following sustained backlash tripped by her Congressional hearing on student safety and antisemitism.
The average tenure among the six presidents to step down or retire in this list is three and a half years, a starkly shorter timeline than the 5.9-year average ACE reported in its annual president survey.
The last two weeks have seen the South Carolina university's leadership flip on its head. An incendiary closed-door meeting and a fiery letter from the president—which was later leaked—calling out BJU's "dysfunctional leadership" dragged the private evangelical university's community into the fray and has culminated in the chairman's resignation.
Kristina M. Johnson's term will come to a close at the end of the academic year to allow for a "seamless transition," according to a letter to the Buckeye community. No reason was given for her departure.