University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees Chairman Scott Bock has resigned, following the departure of President Liz Magill.
According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Bock announced he will step down from the Board of Trustees. The newspaper reported that the statement came shortly after Magill’s resignation.
“Today, following the resignation of the President of the University of Pennsylvania and related Board of Trustees meetings, I have tendered my resignation as Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, effective immediately,” Bock said in a statement. “While I have been asked to remain in this position for the remainder of my term to assist in the presidential transition process, I have concluded that now is the appropriate time to leave,” he added.
Julie Platt, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees, has been appointed interim President.
UPENN President Liz Magill steps down after controversial testimony about anti-Semitism
“Due to her current commitment as Chair of the Board of Directors for Jewish Federations of North America, Julie will only serve until a successor is appointed,” the Board of Trustees wrote in a statement. “The Board Nominating Committee will immediately undertake an expedited process, including consultation with the full Board of Trustees, and will make a recommendation regarding the next president to the Executive Committee before the start of the spring semester.”
In a statement Bock shared on Saturday, Magill said, “It has been an honor to serve as president of this remarkable institution. It has been an honor to work with faculty, students, staff, alumni and community members to advance Penn’s vital missions.”
Magill will remain in office until an interim president is appointed.
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Magill’s resignation came after a congressional hearing on Tuesday, where she provided a non-answer to a question by New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik, who asked her whether “calling for the genocide of Jews violates…[s] Pennsylvania Rules or Code of Conduct? yes or no?”
“If speech turns into behavior, it can be harassment, yes,” Magill responded, later adding: “It’s a context-dependent decision.”
“This is unacceptable. Ms. Magill, I will give you one more chance for the world to see your answer. Does calling for the genocide of Jews violate the Pennsylvania Code of Conduct when it comes to bullying and harassment? Yes or no?” Stefanik then asked.
Magill would later Retract her comments In a video posted on X on Wednesday evening.
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“There was a moment during yesterday’s congressional hearing on anti-Semitism when I was asked whether calling for the extermination of Jewish people on our campuses violates our policies. In that moment, I focused on our university’s longstanding policies consistent with the United States,” Magill said. However, expression alone is not punishable.” “I did not focus on the irrefutable fact, but I should have focused on it, which is that calling for the genocide of the Jewish people is calling for some of the most horrific acts of violence that human beings can commit.”
Fox News Channel’s CB Cotton contributed to this report.