The Chronicle of Higher Education
November 17th, 2014
A professor’s lawsuit
accusing the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism of
misusing funds for her endowed chair has been dismissed by a New York
State appeals court, The New York Times reports.
The professor, Sylvia Nasar, a former economics reporter for the Times and author of A Beautiful Mind,
a biography of the mathematician John F. Nash Jr., has taught at the
school since 2000. She said she had discovered that the school had spent
$4.5-million from the fund on expenses unrelated to her position.
A trial court ruled last year that Ms. Nasar had no standing to sue
for monetary damages because the funds, from the John S. and James L.
Knight Foundation, belonged to Columbia, the Times reports.