Monday, January 13, 2014
Lovers: Verboten at university president's residence
President's Home or Prison? - Ry Rivard, insidehighered.com: "The new Alabama State University president’s contract comes with strings attached -- to her love life. Gwendolyn Boyd is coming back to her alma mater from Johns Hopkins University to shepherd Alabama State through a rough patch involving a damning audit aimed at the university. Boyd’s new contract is pretty standard -- $300,000 a year, a car and the presidential residence -- except she can’t have lovers staying overnight for an extended period of time.
Boyd, who is single, said she didn’t have a lawyer when she signed the contract but has no problem with the language. “I do live alone, so it was not problematic for me,” she said. But the phrasing may be illegal nonetheless, said Raymond Cotton, a Washington lawyer who has negotiated several hundred presidential contracts. Cotton, who represents boards and presidents alike, said he's never seen such language in any public or private college president’s contract."
The exact legal language is: "For so long as Dr. Boyd is president and a single person, she shall not be allowed to cohabitate in the president’s residence with any person with whom she has a romantic relation."