Comedian and actor Bill Cosby has resigned from the Board of Trustees at Temple University! Due to the sexual assault allegations coming out against him, a petition was started for the university to cut all ties with Cosby.
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The fallout from the resurfacing sexual assault allegations involving comedian and actor Bill Cosby continues as he has now removed himself from the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Temple University in Philadelphia. Apparently, there was an online petition initiated by a graduate of the university, Kerry McCormick of Brooklyn, New York, asking for the university to end its association with Cosby due to the allegations that have taken over many media outlets everywhere.
The petition garnered 869 signatures within 6 days with a current signature count of 1,104. McCormick’s explanatory statement included the following:
It’s time for Temple to recognize that continuing its relationship with Bill Cosby is damaging to its own reputation, as well as its students, employees and alumni. Temple should not be the last organization to end its relationship with Bill Cosby – it should have happened in 2005 when the allegations against him first began to surface.
Shortly after, Cosby volunteered to step down from the Board of Trustees. He released this statement:
I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.
A well-known supporter of higher education, Cosby has also either had to deal with other universities seemingly stepping away from him including his temporary removal from the advisory board of High Point University in North Carolina and the removal of his name from an online scholarship distributed at Boston’s Berklee College of Music.
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