WASHINGTON -- American University trustees announced Monday night that Benjamin Ladner will not return as president after a months-long investigation into his spending.
The university's board of trustees made the decision after a closed-door meeting that lasted more than eight hours. The board did not address the issue of a severance package, said its chairman, Thomas A. Gottschalk.
"We feel good about the way the board came together and dealt with some very difficult issues," Gottschalk said.
Earlier, students and faculty members at the 11,000-student private school in Northwest Washington rallied on the main quad and outside the boardroom.
"Our community needs an immediate resolution," said Abdul Aziz Said, a longtime professor and director of the university's Center for Global Peace. "Our community has lost confidence in Dr. Ladner."