Following a contentious House hearing on anti-Semitism, University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill and Board Chair Scott Bok stepped down over the weekend.
Magill’s response during the hearing suggested that calling for genocide of Jews could be context-dependent, sparking immediate backlash. This, coupled with the university’s criticized handling of recent anti-Semitic incidents on campus, led to their resignations.
Bok defended Magill in his statement, citing her as a capable leader unfairly treated in a hostile environment. However, the controversy proved too much, prompting both to resign from their positions at the prestigious private university.
This development at Penn raises critical questions about academic leadership and the handling of social issues. With new leadership on the horizon, what changes might we see at Penn in response?