Penn President Liz Magill Out After Disturbing Remarks
WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: Liz Magill, President of University of Pennsylvania, testifies before the House Education and Workforce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 05, 2023 in Washington, DC. The Committee held a hearing to investigate antisemitism on college campuses. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
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University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill resigned on Saturday after facing mounting pressure to step down over disturbing remarks that she made this week while testifying before Congress.

“President Liz Magill has voluntarily tendered her resignation as President of the University of Pennsylvania,” said Scott L. Bok, Chairman, Board of Trustees. “She will remain a tenured faculty member at Penn Carey Law.”


Bok said that the school would be announcing new interim leadership for the university in the coming days and that Magill will stay on until a new interim president is appointed.

“It has been my privilege to serve as President of this remarkable institution,” Magill said in a statement. “It has been an honor to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members to advance Penn’s vital missions.”

Magill generated a firestorm when she did not say during her testimony before the Committee on Education & the Workforce that calling for the genocide of Jews would violate the school’s code of conduct on bullying and harassment unless “the speech turns into conduct.”

“‘Conduct’ meaning committing the act of genocide?” Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) fired back during the hearing. “The speech is not harassment? This is unacceptable.”

The powerful board of Penn’s Wharton business school had aggressively pushed for Magill to resign following her remarks.

The Wharton Board of Advisors “has been, and remains, deeply concerned about the dangerous and toxic culture on our campus that has been led by a select group of students and faculty and has been permitted by University leadership,” the Board said in a letter to Magill. “As confirmed in your congressional testimony yesterday, the leadership of the University does not share the values of our Board. Nor does it appear to understand the urgency to address the safety of our students on campus and the ongoing reputational damage to the University by the University’s policies and actions.”

“As a result of the University leadership’s stated beliefs and collective failure to act, our Board respectfully suggests to you and the Board of Trustees that the University requires new leadership with immediate effect,” the letter later added.

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