- Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau announced Tuesday that he would retire at the end of December.
- The announcement followed a three-day Board of Trustees meeting, last month's credit rating downgrade and a U.S. News ranking drop of 22 spots, as well as last year's 5% decline in enrollment.
- Ribeau recently signed a contract extension through June 2015, but says he wasn't forced to step down.
Despite the developments that preceded Ribeau's retirement, some on the prominent historically black university's campus were still surprised. Still, faculty and students took the change of leadership as a positive sign for the university, which has been undergoing a reorganization following a public rift over finances and management. Provost Wayne A.I. Frederick will serve as interim president.