Spelman Discontinues Cosby Professorship
Spelman College has discontinued its professorship endowed by Bill Cosby, The New York Times reports.
The college suspended Cosby’s professorship last year in the wake of mounting accusations of sexual assault against the comedian, but has sense terminated the program and returned all related funds to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, according to a statement released by the school.
The foundation was established by Bill Cosby’s wife, Camille.
The Cosbys have had a long-standing relationship with the HBCU. Two of Cosby’s daughters attended Spelman and the couple donated $20 million to the institution in 1988. The college used a portion of the funds to build the Camille Olivia Hands Cosby Academic Center.
Spelman officials did not immediately comment on whether the name of the building would be changed.
Spelman’s decision comes about a week after excerpts from a 10-year-old deposition in which Cosby admitted to obtaining drugs to give to young women he wanted to sleep with.
The deposition was taken in fall 2005 and spring 2006 in a civil suit filed by Andrea Constand. Constand worked at Temple as a basketball manager and accused the star of drugging and molesting her.
Cosby has never been charged with a crime. He has repeatedly denied any accusations of sexual assault.