The Chronicle of Higher Education
December 15th, 2014
Colleges and universities with ties to Bill Cosby have in recent
weeks been distancing themselves from the embattled comedian. On Sunday,
Spelman College joined their ranks. The historically black women’s
college released a statement saying it was suspending the endowed professorship named for Mr. Cosby and his wife. The short statement reads:
“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was
established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting
scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual,
cultural, and creative life; however, the current context prevents us
from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will
suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be
The professorship was established with a $20-million gift from Mr.
Cosby to the university in 1988. The comedian has been accused by at
least 20 women of sexual assault.