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University of Pennsylvania President Resigns Following Anti-Semitism Backlash

On Saturday, the embattled President of the University of Pennsylvania, Liz Magill, announced her resignation following widespread backlash to her handling of widespread anti-Semitism on campus.

As reported by The Hill, Magill and two other university presidents testified before Congress on Tuesday regarding the trend, which has seen a spike in anti-Semitic protests, riots, and targeting of Jewish students and groups following the October 7th terrorist attacks against Israel. Magill’s performance during the hearing was especially criticized, after she said that “context” would need to be provided to determine if comments advocating for genocide of Jews could be considered “harassment” by the university.

Following her testimony, there were even greater calls for her to resign from alumni, politicians, and others.

“President Liz Magill’s actions in front of Congress were an embarrassment to the university, its student body, and its vast network of proud alumni,” said Congressman Guy Reschenthaler (R-Penn.) on X, formerly known as Twitter. “She has shown the entire world that she is either incapable or unwilling to combat antisemitism on the university’s campus and take care of its student body.”

Even the state’s Democratic Governor, Josh Shapiro (D-Penn.), called on the university’s board of trustees to hold a meeting to discuss the future of Magill’s tenure as president.

The backlash even led to the university losing out on a $100 million donation. Other longtime donors to the university, such as former U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman, announced  full withdrawals of financial support. Even the university’s world-renowned Wharton Business School demanded Magill’s resignation in a statement on Friday.

“I write to share that President Liz Magill has voluntarily tendered her resignation as President of the University of Pennsylvania,” said Board of Trustees Chair Scott Bok in an email statement over the weekend. “She will remain a tenured faculty member at Penn Carey Law.”

In her own statement, Magill said that “it has been my privilege to serve as President of this remarkable institution.”

“It has been an honor to work with our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and community members to advance Penn’s vital missions,” Magill added.

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About Eric Lendrum

Eric Lendrum graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he was the Secretary of the College Republicans and the founding chairman of the school’s Young Americans for Freedom chapter. He has interned for Young America’s Foundation, the Heritage Foundation, and the White House, and has worked for numerous campaigns including the 2018 re-election of Congressman Devin Nunes (CA-22). He is currently a co-host of The Right Take podcast.

Photo: WASHINGTON, DC - DECEMBER 05: (L-R) Dr. Claudine Gay, President of Harvard University, Liz Magill, President of University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Sally Kornbluth, President of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, testify before the House Education and Workforce Committee at the Rayburn House Office Building on December 05, 2023 in Washington, DC. The Committee held a hearing to investigate antisemitism on college campuses. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)