On the day Rebecca M. Clean had deliberate to be her first on campus as Northwestern College’s president-elect, she as a substitute despatched an e-mail to the campus neighborhood with the topic line, “I’m very sorry to ship this information.” Only one week earlier than, Clean was recognized with an aggressive type of most cancers, forcing the previous College of Wisconsin at Madison chancellor to relinquish her new publish at Northwestern earlier than she may begin.
Clean, recognized to many college students and college members as “Becky,” was chosen to exchange Morton O. Schapiro in October final yr. She was set to turn out to be the establishment’s first feminine president. Early in her profession, she served as an economics professor at Northwestern, the place she was among the many first tenured ladies within the economics division.
“I wouldn’t have the phrases to specific to you the way disillusioned and unhappy I’m to be telling you this. I used to be excited to be becoming a member of you at Northwestern,” Clean wrote within the e-mail, which is posted on the college’s web site. “As heartbreaking as that is for me, I take solace in understanding Northwestern is in nice fingers.”
J. Landis Martin, chair of Northwestern’s Board of Trustees, introduced that Schapiro would keep on as president till a brand new successor is discovered. Schapiro is finishing his thirteenth yr because the establishment’s chief and had deliberate to return to southern California, the place he beforehand served as a dean and a vp on the College of Southern California.
Peter Barris, who led the committee that chosen Clean and is set to turn out to be the chair of the college’s board in September, will proceed the seek for a brand new president. Jon Yates, a college spokesman, wrote in an e-mail that extra particulars concerning the search course of might be introduced within the coming weeks.
The college grew to become conscious of Clean’s prognosis in her e-mail to the neighborhood at 9 a.m. on Monday, Yates wrote. He declined to say whether or not any directors, or others at Northwestern, knew prematurely. Clean will return to the Madison space for her remedy.
“Everyone knows that nothing in life is assured,” Clean wrote. “This final week has most likely introduced the most important adjustments that I’ve ever skilled in such a brief time frame. I’m grieving the misplaced alternatives to work with all of you throughout campus to make Northwestern even higher within the years forward. However I stay simply as excited for you and for the establishment as I used to be after I accepted Northwestern’s invitation to be your subsequent president.”
Neither Clean nor Northwestern’s management have been made out there for an interview.