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Sonoma State University president resigns amid sexual harassment scandal that’s rocked the school

Sonoma State University president steps down
  • Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki announced her resignation on Monday amid a sexual harassment and retaliation scandal that was covered in an investigative report from the Los Angeles Times April.
  • “Serving as Sonoma State President has truly been an honor. After thoughtful reflection and discussions with my family, I made the decision to step away as president of this wonderful campus,” Sakaki, the second woman elected as Sonoma State’s president in 2016 and the first Japanese American woman to serve as a university president in the country, said in a statement.
  • Sakaki shared her intent to resign almost a month after 173 faculty members voted for "no confidence" and 105 faculty members voted against “no confidence” in her leadership amid the scandal involving her and her husband, Patrick McCallum.
  • Senators Bill Dodd (D, Napa-3) and Mike McGuire (D, CA-2), who urged Sakaki to step down last month following the voting results, acknowledged her decision in a joint statement on Monday.

Sonoma State University President Judy Sakaki has announced her resignation amid a sexual harassment and retaliation scandal.

Sakaki shared her intent to resign on Monday, almost a month after 173 faculty members voted for “no confidence” and 105 faculty members voted against “no confidence” in her leadership amid a scandal involving her and her husband, Patrick McCallum. Her resignation would take effect on July 31.