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Mount St. Mary's president under siege after firings, remarks

Mount St. Mary's president under siege after firings, remarks

Alumni of Mount St. Mary's University are calling for the ouster of the school's president after he fired two faculty members and demoted the provost amid a growing controversy over a new academic policy the president implemented and insensitive remarks he made defending it.

The alumni are angry over the firings and demotion, which came after those faculty members opposed President Simon Newman's plan to weed out freshmen who were struggling academically early in the school year. By encouraging them to leave the university, the move was meant to improve Mount St. Mary's student retention rate and national ranking.

Some graduates also were offended by comments Newman made,...

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