University of Pennsylvania Board of Trustees Chair Scott Bok has resigned, following the departure of President Liz Magill.
According to the Daily Pennsylvanian, Bok announced that he will leave the board of trustees. The statement was made shortly after Magill’s resignation, the outlet reported.
“Today, following the resignation of the University of Pennsylvania President and related Board of Trustee meetings, I am submitting my resignation as Chair of the University’s Board of Trustees, effective immediately,” Bok said in a statement. . “While I have been asked to remain in that role for the remainder of my term to assist in the presidential transition, I have come to the conclusion that, for me, now is the right time to step down.”
Julie Platt, vice chair of the board of trustees, was named interim chair.
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“Due to her current commitment as Board Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America, Julie will serve only until a successor is appointed,” the board of trustees wrote in a statement. “The Board’s Nominating Committee will then undertake an expedited process, including consultation with the entire Board of Trustees, and make a recommendation for the next Chair of the Executive Committee before the start of the spring term.”
In a statement shared by Bok on Saturday, Magill said, “It is my privilege to serve as President of this remarkable institution. It is an honor to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and members community to advance Penn’s important missions.”
Magill will stay on until an interim president is appointed.
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Magill’s resignation came after a congressional hearing on Tuesday, in which he gave a non-answer to a question by New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik who asked if “calling for the genocide of the Jews violated[s] Penn’s rules or code of conduct? Yes or no?”
“When speech becomes behavior, it becomes harassment, yes,” Magill responded, later adding, “It’s a context-dependent decision.”
“This is unacceptable. Ms. Magill, I’ll give you one more chance to let the world see your answer. Does calling for the genocide of the Jews violate Penn’s code of conduct when it comes to bullying and harassment? Yes or no ? ” Stefanik asked immediately.
Magill later back to his comments in a video posted by X on Wednesday night.
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“There was a moment during yesterday’s congressional hearing on antisemitism when I was asked whether a call for the genocide of the Jews on our campus would violate our policies. At that moment, I focused on the long-standing policies of our university that are consistent with the US Constitution, which says that speech alone is not punishable,” Magill said. “I wasn’t focused on, but I should have been, the indisputable fact that a call for the genocide of the Jews is a call for some of the most horrific violence that people can do.”
Fox News’ CB Cotton contributed to this report.