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  • University of Pennsylvania President Liz Magill voluntarily stepped down on Saturday.
  • Scott Bok, chairman of the board of trustees, resigned effective immediately.
  • Magill had been under fire for a constant stream of controversies at Penn over several months related to issues of antisemitism.
  • flood of donors, politicians, business leaders and other prominent figures called for Magill’s immediate ouster after her December 5 testimony before a House committee, in which she and other university presidents did not explicitly say that calling for the genocide of Jews would necessarily violate their code of conduct on bullying or harassment.

Former UPenn trustee calls for Chair Scott Bok to resign next

CNN’s Matt Egan

Former University of Pennsylvania trustee Vahan Gureghian told CNN that Scott Bok, chair of the embattled school’s board of trustees, needs to follow in Liz Magill’s footsteps by stepping down next.

“It was time for President Magill to resign,” Gureghian said in a statement Saturday evening minutes after UPenn announced that Magill tendered her resignation.

Gureghian, a charter-school magnate who quit the board in protest of the university’s handling of antisemitism, said the opportunity to demonstrate leadership was two months ago.

“The responsibility for the University’s future direction, where the buck stops, is set at the Board level. Transformation of this broken institution requires Scott Bok to resign,” Gureghian told CNN.

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