Courtesy of The Dome.
Former UNC-Chapel Hill law dean Gene Nichol, a forceful liberal voice and an occasional lightning rod, resigned abruptly today as president of the College of William & Mary in Virginia. In a letter to William & Mary supporters, Nichol said he was informed Sunday by college leaders that his contract would not be renewed in July. He then decided to step down immediately, and, in a parting shot, said he refused an offer of "substantial economic incentives" to remain quiet about the reasons for his departure, Jane Stancill reports.
He said he made four decisions that stirred a furor at the public college in Williamsburg, including moving a cross in a historic chapel used regularly for secular college events—citing principles of separation of church and state. Nichol never recovered fully from the cross controversy.
I am a very big fan of Gene Nichol and I applaud his stand against the politically correct cowards who run the show at William and Mary. They tried to buy off the wrong guy - which only goes to show how inept they really are.
I wish Gene well.