Jun 17, 2016 08:04 AM EDT
DePaul University President Reverend Dennis Holtschneider Announces Resignation In The Wake Of Gay Conservative Firebrand's Speech
DePaul University President Rev. Dennis Holtschneider had announced his resignation following a gay conservative firebrand's speech controversy.
Holtschneider's contract is good up until 2019, but the university president had stated his intentions to step down earlier than expected. The reverend ultimately announced his resignation on Monday, which will be see his term cut short at the end of the academic year of 2016-17, CBS Chicago reported.
The resignation comes during the university's apparent unrest over conservative firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos unsolicited speech, which was a few weeks back.
The university presidents letter made no mention of Yiannopoulos, nor the controversy, but many sees this as a direct correlation. The Illinois campus had struggled to contain the crowd on May 24, which resulted in student protesters taking over the stage, and the microphone during the event, Washington Times reported.
The university's security team, which was reportedly funded by the College Republicans at an estimated $1,000 cost, failed to restore order inside the venue.
The events of what had transpired over DePaul University had garnered outrage from parents, and alumni alike. The outrage may have forced the Holtschneider to issue an apology to the College Republicans, which made no mention of Yiannopoulos, and had a large portion of the letter denouncing a Breitbart editor's political views.
Holtschneider is currently on his 12th year of being university president, and he states that his tenure at the office is enough. The reverend had certainly surpassed the general average of a university president's tenure of 6 years. The university's twitter account formerly announced Holtschneider's regisnation in a tweet.
DePaul president will step down at end of 2016-17 academic year. https://t.co/okFUGHyr66 pic.twitter.com/Sp84ltibWK
— DePaul University (@DePaulU) June 13, 2016
According to the senator for intercultural awareness, Michael Lynch, that the announcement of the resignation had come as a surprise.
Meanwhile, a large margin of the student body saw the resignation as a victory on their part. A group called "Feminist Front" had voiced out its call for resignation over the unrest among the university, according to the university paper, The DePaulia, reported
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