Around the industry: College student, dean among victims of Amtrak crash

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  • Idaho: David Alexander, president of Northwest Nazarene University (NNU), will resign May 31, NNU trustees announced Tuesday. The decision comes in the wake of a faculty vote of no confidence and a controversy over the possible firing of a tenured theology professor. Board chair Randall Craker says Alexander helped NNU "not only to survive but also thrive" and will be remembered for his "visionary leadership" (Roberts, Idaho Statesman, 5/12).
  • Missouri: The adjunct faculty members of Webster University voted against forming a union. Prior to the vote, Webster administrators said in a statement that they did not believe unionization was "in the best interest of our university." Webster reports that its adjuncts are paid $3,000 per course on average (Addo, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/11).
  • Pennsylvania: Justin Zemser, sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, and Derrick Griffith, dean of student affairs at City University of New York (CUNY), were among the seven people who died Tuesday when an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia. Zemser was described as a "great kid and a genius," as well as a "loving" and "community-minded" young man. Griffith will be remembered as a "champion for the downtrodden," say CUNY officials, and earned his Ph.D. in urban education only one month ago ("The Big Story," AP, 5/14; Sanchez/Ford, CNN, 5/14).

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