Bill Cosby Has Stepped Down From Being A Member Of The Temple University Board Of Trustees
|Bill Cosby Has Stepped Down From Being A Member|
Of The Temple University Board Of Trustees
Cosby, 77, resigned Monday from the seat he had held since 1982.
"I have always been proud of my association with Temple University.
There was a “Change.org” petition started by Temple University graduate Kerry Potter McCormick demanding the university cut ties with Cosby over his rape allegations.
McCormick pointed out Temple is one of several dozen schools cited for mishandling sexual abuse cases of students.
McCormick stated, “You’re under investigation, and you’re having an alleged serial rapist continue to sit on your board of trustees…That’s outrageous.
” The petition has had 869 signatures in six days.
Several other universities have taken action against Cosby including:
University of Massachusetts Amherst asked Cosby to step down from its board of trustees
Berklee College of Music in Boston has removed Cosby’s name from an online scholarship
High Point University in North Carolina temporarily removed Cosby from its advisory board
Freed-Hardeman University in Tennessee last week canceled his appearance at a fundraiser.
Cosby has strongly denied wrongdoing and has never been criminally charged.
A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor declined to press charges in Constand's case.
|Bill Cosby went to of Temple University|
Cosby testified in Constand's case that he gave the National Enquirer an exclusive interview about the suit in exchange for the tabloid spiking a story about a second accuser, Beth Ferrier.
"Did you ever think that if Beth Ferrier's story was printed in the National Enquirer, that that would make the public believe that maybe Andrea was also telling the truth?" Cosby was asked.
"Exactly," Cosby replied, according to court motions initially filed under seal and made available last week from archived federal court records.
A review of minutes to 138 board meetings held since 1982 suggests Cosby attended just one — in December 2002, when he was on campus to film a Temple women's basketball commercial.
But his commencement speeches were wildly popular, and he gave a welcome lecture to freshmen classes called "Cosby 101."
Trustee Anthony McIntyre said the latest accusations presented a "no-win situation" for the Temple community.