Bill Cosby will no longer be on the board of trustees of Temple University. This recent development comes ahead of a meeting that was scheduled to discuss how his affiliation with the university would be affected in light of all the allegations he has been slaughtered with for the past few weeks.
Cosby’s tenure on the board started back in 1982, and helped to provide an impressive amount of financial endowment in the millions. But the recent accusations of rape by at least 20 women proved to be too risky and controversial and led to a petition orchestrated by the alumni body which so far has acquired about 1,000 signatures from people who felt the comedian and educator needed to be given his walking papers considering the seriousness of the allegations leveled upon him.
Cosby’s woes began after the stand up routine by comedian Hannibal Buress targeting the rape issue that has consistently plagued Cosby throughout his career went viral. Since that episode, a steady stream of victims formally confirmed their ordeal of being drugged and raped by the embattled comedian.
Cosby for his part has still refused to defend himself or challenge his accusers. Patrick O’Connor, chairman of Temple’s board of trustees, accepted his resignation. He is also the attorney who defended Cosby during his civil case involving former director of operations for Temple’s women’s basketball program, Andrea Constand.
Cosby for his part acknowledged the amicable parting by stressing his pride with his longstanding partnership with the school, “I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the University and its student. As a result I have tendered my resignation from Temple University Board of Trustees”.