Newman University President, Charged With Sexism, Resigns

WICHITA, Kan.  

Citing a wish to pursue other opportunities, Dr. Aidan O. Dunleavy has resigned his post as Newman University president.

The resignation, effective at the end of the school year, comes as
Dunleavy completes his five-year commitment to the private Roman
Catholic school he has led since becoming its 10th president in 2000.

Dunleavy said in a written statement that in his last months at the
university he will focus on its library and on the development of its
advancement programs.

“At this juncture, and with our children now graduated from college,
my wife and I are anxious to consider other opportunities,” Dunleavy
said in a statement.

Daily operations of the school will be the responsibility of the university’s provost, Dr. B. Lee Cooper, the university said.

Dunleavy is credited with improving the university’s finances, which
showed three back-to-back years of surpluses, said John Marstall,
president of the university’s board of trustees.

A national search will be made for his replacement.

Marstall said a federal lawsuit filed against Newman in September by
Marla Sexson, former dean of admissions, and Tara Morrow, former
director of transition programs in student life, played no role in the
resignation. Both women said the president made disparaging remarks
about pregnant women and did not want to hire or promote young women
who could possibly become pregnant in the future.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity has ruled there was probable
cause to believe that Newman discriminated against Sexson and Morrow.
Morrow has since reached an undisclosed settlement with Newman.

Newman has denied it discriminates.



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