Spelman College has cut its long standing ties with Bill Cosby in the wake of sexual assault allegations more than a dozen women have accused the comedian of. Spelman suspended the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship, a visiting professor program created in the actor and his wife’s name after a 1996 $20 million donation from the couple. In a released statement, the historically black all-women’s college said:
The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life; however, the current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met.
Spelman joins a growing list of colleges and universities to end their relationships with Cosby. Earlier this month, High Point University in North Carolina removed Cobsy from its board of advisers, while Berklee College of Music in Boston and the University of Massachusetts Amherst severed their association with Cosby. Cosby also resigned from his position as a board of trustee of his alma mater Temple University in his hometown of Philadelphia.
Cosby has maintained his innocence with the allegations, and has remained relatively silent about the accusations. On Sunday, Cosby gave a brief interview with The New York Post to discuss the coverage by the black media. According to Cosby:
Let me say this. I only expect the black media to uphold the standards of excellence in journalism and when you do that you have to go in with a neutral mind.