Oregon State University President F. King Alexander offered to resign from his position effective April 1 after a cascade of outrage from his role in Louisiana State University’s sexual misconduct scandal.
The OSU Board of Trustees announced Alexander’s offer during a specially called meeting on Wednesday before going into executive session to discuss whether to accept it.
“We know that rebuilding trust is no longer possible,” OSU board chair Rani Borkar said before the executive session. Alexander was president of LSU from 2013 to 2019 during a time when the school systemically mishandled reports of sexual misconduct by students and by head football coach Les Miles, according to a report by law firm Husch Blackwell publicly released this month by LSU.
LSU hired Husch Blackwell in November after an investigation by USA TODAY found that officials in the university’s athletic department and broader administration repeatedly ignored complaints against abusers, denied victims’ requests for protections and subjected them to further harm by known perpetrators.
Alexander began his tenure at Oregon State University in 2020 and has denied any responsibility in the LSU scandal.
Oregon State trustees first met last Wednesday to discuss revelations that LSU systematically mishandled sexual misconduct complaints during Alexander’s time as head of the university. After a nearly seven-hour meeting, trustees voted to put him on probation rather than fire him.
But that decision drew swift backlash from the OSU community and others, including Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who urged trustees to fire Alexander if he failed t uphold his ethical and legal responsibilities to protect students during his time at LSU.
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