After suspending the professorship last year in the wake of mounting accusations of sexual assault against Cosby, the college terminated the program and returned the related funds to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation, the spokeswoman, Audrey Arthur, said in a brief statement. The foundation was established by Cosby’s wife, Camille.
The Cosbys have had a long relationship with Spelman, a historically black women’s college in Atlanta. Two of Cosby’s daughters, Erika and Evin, attended the college, as did Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on “The Cosby Show.”
Bill and Camille Cosby donated $20 million to the college in 1988. At the time, the gift was the largest single contribution to a black college. The funds were used in part to build the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center. Spelman officials did not immediately respond to email and phone inquiries about whether the name of the building would be changed.
Several other colleges have also cut ties with Cosby in the past year, including his alma maters Temple University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Spelman’s action comes about a week after The New York Times published excerpts from a 10-year-old deposition in which Cosby admitted to obtaining drugs to give to young women in order to sexually pursue them.
Source: Times Live