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(Boston) — A member of the Boston University faculty has resigned from the school’s presidential search committee in order to apply for the top job.
Professor Ronald K. Richardson, director of the African American Studies Program and an associate professor of history at Boston University, informed the search committee of his intentions in a letter submitted early last week. He indicated that he would step down from the group effective immediately.
“I did not envision myself as a candidate when the search committee asked if I would serve as a member,” Richardson said. “However, in short order I was impressed by the integrity and objectivity that I saw going into the search process. I decided that I could best serve the University community by articulating a vision of our institutional future as a candidate.”
Search Committee Chairman David F. D’Alessandro said that the group understands Richardson’s decision to resign. “We appreciate Dr. Richardson’s candor and his desire to maintain the integrity of the search process. We welcome him as a candidate for the position and will consider him along with many other talented applicants.”
D’Alessandro added that since the search process is still in its early stages the committee intended to replace Richardson with another member of the faculty.
Boston University is the fourth-largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges. The university offers an exceptional grounding in the liberal arts, a broad range of programs in the arts, sciences, engineering, and professional areas, and state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching.