“University of Southern California President C. L. Max Nikias stepped down from his role effective Tuesday, according to a statement released by the school,” CNN reports. “He had announced his plans to step down as president of the university in May, after a former campus gynecologist was accused of sexual misconduct. Nikias will move into the role of president emeritus and life trustee of the university, according to USC’s statement.”
The report notes that board member Wanda Austin was named interim president while the university searches for a permanent replacement for Nikias.
“More than two months ago, Nikias had agreed to step down following a scandal involving Dr. George Tyndall, a former campus gynecologist accused of sexual misconduct and using racist language while examining patients,” the CNN report notes. “That announcement came after thousands of students and alumni signed an online petition demanding his resignation, alleging that USC failed to act after complaints of misconduct involving Tyndall, who worked at a university clinic for decades.”
CNN notes that a number of women have filed lawsuits against Tyndall and USC.