Less than a week after students and faculty marched in protest of Saint Louis University President, Father Lawrence Biondi, he stepped down.
Bionbi announced his plan to resign in front of a crowd at Chairfetz Arena during a celebration of his 25 years of leadership. A statement released by SLU on Saturday night said in part, "Just as I helped lead SLU's transformation when I arrive here more than 25 years ago, I know it is now time for the next transformation to begin."
Biondi says he will assist in the search for a new president. That process will start this fall.
Irate faculty and students at St. Louis University plan to take their issues with their school's president to the streets of the mid-town campus.
A protest march is planned this afternoon by members of the SLU community against university president Father Lawrence Biondi.
The move comes after Biondi and another high ranking university official canceled an appearance before the faculty senate. The group had hoped to question Biondi about the school's future.
SLU officials issued a statement Monday saying the two did not appear because they were focused on finding a Months ago the group voted no confidence in Biondi. Some have called for him to step down.
The march starts at 1pm this afternoon at the Frost Campus Clock Tower.
It will proceed to Father Biondi`s residence at Cartier Hall, then continue down the main university thoroughfare to Vandeventer.
It will then go north to Lindell, east to Grand and then south DuBourg Hall.
There's been more turmoil this week between Saint Louis University's president and faculty.
The SLU Arts and Sciences Faculty Council voted Thursday to censure Father Lawrence Biondi. The move comes a day after the president had two faculty members removed from a meeting with the student government, even though the SGA's rules call for only open meetings.
The university defended the ejections in a statement yesterday, saying the meeting was planned as "a dialogue between the president and student government representatives only."
More agitation is likely on Tuesday when Father Biondi is scheduled to speak before the Faculty Senate.
Both the Faculty and Student Senates have already issued no-confidence votes on Biondi’s leadership.
At the start of the game, a group raised a banner that read "Alums for No Confidence," a reference to the no confidence votes issued by the university faculty and student government late last year.
In Biondi's 20 page report to campus yesterday, he acknowledged the criticism against him. He said that although he didn't agree with all of it, he's "committed to being part of the solution; to working more closely with those...who say that their voices are not being heard.”