The president of the venerable William & Mary College, Gene Nichol, has been forced out of office. He represented, to me, everything that was bad about higher education today (to which my own institution, Patrick Henry College, is a laudable alternative). President Nichol was the one who yanked the cross out of the college chapel, an example of that politically-correct “tolerance” of other religions that is, in fact, intolerance of Christianity. He also allowed on campus the traveling “Sex Worker’s Art Show,” featuring prostitutes and porn stars touting their wares, an example of the academic culture’s current embrace of moral degradation.
The Board of the university is saying that those highly-public controversies were not the reasons they decided to get rid of the president, and that may be, since failure to notice what is wrong about such things is generally accompanied with other kinds of incompetence. Students are complaining about Nichol’s ouster, but alumni, to their great credit, felt ashamed of their school and doubtless exerted their influence.