Spelman College Ends Cosby Professorship

Spelman College Ends Cosby Professorship

In this May 14, 2006 file photo, keynote speaker Bill Cosby, left, and Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum talk before the start of commencement at the school in Atlanta. Cosby’s legacy of giving is decades-old and extensive, topped by a $20 million gift to Spelman College in 1988 and including, among many other donations, $3 million to the Morehouse School of Medicine; $1 million in 2004 to the U.S. National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia; and $2 million from Cosby's wife, Camille, to St. Frances Academy in Baltimore in 2005. (AP Photo/W.A. Harewood, File)
In this May 14, 2006 file photo, keynote speaker Bill Cosby, left, and Spelman College President Dr. Beverly Tatum talk before the start of commencement at the school in Atlanta. (AP Photo/W.A. Harewood, File)

Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY

 
ATLANTA (USA Today) — Bill Cosby’s influence has ended at Spelman College in Atlanta.

The historically black college, which has had strong ties to Cosby Show actor for decades, is discontinuing its endowed professorship with the comedian after recent details emerged from his testimony in a sexual-assault lawsuit.

In a deposition from 10 years ago, leaked to media this week, Cosby admitted to obtaining prescriptions of a sedative to give to women he sought for sex, seducing young women by pretending to care for them, and paying off women to keep his wife, Camille, from finding out about his affairs.

“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship at Spelman College has been discontinued and related funds have been returned to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation,” said Spelman spokesperson Audrey Arthur in a statement to USA TODAY on Friday.

 

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