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Mount St. Mary's president apologizes; provost resigns

Written by The Associated Press | Feb 9, 2016 8:17 AM
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(Emmitsburg, Md.) -- Mount St. Mary's University says its president has apologized and its provost has resigned after some embarrassing publicity about a plan to boost the schools' student-retention rate.

President Simon Newman said in a campus-wide email that he had requested and received Provost David Rehm's resignation.

Last month, Rehm had criticized Newman's plan to identify, through a freshman survey, those who might not succeed and help them withdraw and obtain tuition refunds.

Faculty member Greg Murry says Newman had likened freshman to "bunnies" who had to be drowned, or have a gun put to their heads.

An investigation by the Board of Trustees noted Newman had apologized for using an inappropriate metaphor.

The university is located just south of the Mason-Dixon Line. 

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