Five Mount St. Mary's trustees resigned after president's comments

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 25, 2016 8:34 AM

Students walk across campus at Mount St. Mary's University on Feb. 10, 2016 in Frederick County. Recent firing of two faculty members and a resignation of the provost has brought the small Catholic college into national spotlight.(Photo: Shane Dunlap, The Evening Sun)

(Emmitsburg, Md.) -- Five additional governing board members at Mount St. Mary's University have resigned following an outcry over the former president's comments likening struggling freshmen to bunnies that should be drowned. 

University spokesman Christian Kendzierski has confirmed the board of trustee resignations at the school located in Emmitsburg, Maryland, which is just south of the Mason-Dixon line.

He says they occurred about the same time board Chairman John Coyne left last week, but the school doesn't typically announce when board members step down.

He didn't know why they left their positions early. 

Coyne was replaced by board member Mary Kane.

The resignations leave 27 seats filled on the board. 

Former president Simon Newman resigned February 29.

He was widely scorned by academic leaders after the student newspaper reported his comments, and the faculty voted for his resignation.

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