Dean Spellman Resigns Following Student Protest

Earlier today, Mary Spellman resigned from her position as Assistant Vice President and Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College. The resignation occurred in response to a protest that took place yesterday, which was centered on the idea that Dean Spellman had not done enough to create a safe space on campus for students from marginalized backgrounds. The protests were catalyzed by an email Spellman sent to a student in response to an article that student had written for The Student Life earlier this week.

“Since 2010 I have been privileged to serve as Dean of Students at Claremont McKenna College,” states Spellman in her email resignation. “Today I am submitting my letter of resignation, effective immediately. I do so with sadness beyond words, because these nearly six years have been the most rewarding and fulfilling of my life, but also with the conviction that it is the right thing to do for the school and the students I care about so deeply.”

Though many students pushed for Spellman’s resignation—including two students who went on a hunger strike—not everyone on campus shared this sentiment. In her email, Spellman notes that one student wrote to her, “You’ve inspired me in my time at CMC.  Please stay strong and realize students like me need you to stay here…I will always be honored to consider you a mentor, a role model, and above all, friend.”

Additionally, a faculty member wrote, “I also recognize how much you have worked to make our community more inclusive… I know I join many fellow faculty members and students in expressing my full support and confidence in you as Dean of Students here at CMC.”

Spellman closes her email by stating, “To all who have been so supportive, please know how sorry I am if my decision disappoints you.  I believe it is the best way to gain closure of a controversy that has divided the student body and disrupted the mission of this fine institution.  Most important, I hope this will help enable a truly thoughtful, civil and productive discussion about the very real issues of diversity and inclusion facing Claremont McKenna, higher education and other institutions across our society.”

32 thoughts on “Dean Spellman Resigns Following Student Protest”

  1. I find it hard to call this a ‘news’ report when the only quotes you gave reflect pro-Spellman statements. You glance over objections to Dean Spellman as if they don’t exist.

    This is not journalism — this is an article of implicit bias. Come on, Claremont Independent. You’re proving the objections raised against your paper true.

    1. **After reading her resignation letter in full, I see the CI was only trying to relay her own comments in this post. Apologies.

    2. There are additional articles published by the Claremont Independent that address what you’re asking for.

      You can easily find them using the tag “Dean Spellman” at the bottom of the article.

      1. I read this article and all the articles tagged Dean Spellman. Is this college an institution for pathetic, whining babies?

        I am 65 years old and so easily dismissed as irrelevant, but from my lofty if aged perch it is demoralising to see universities elbowing each other aside to betray the intellectual heritage of higher learning institutions in favour of infantilism, self-absorbsion and ignorance.

        1. Paul – Just think! If they make college free, we (over 50) can go back to school for FREE! I paid the first time and am retired, so I’m looking forward to it. And I’m sure my HS grades will still reflect better than most of the recent HS graduates. :)

          Oh, and if they try to exclude the MILLIONS of us older folk from getting the taxpayer-paid tuition, we’ll just take them to the Supreme Court. After all, that’s AGE DISCRIMINATION. (Tee hee hee)

    3. Pro tip, If you are traveling you might not want to go into public restrooms. I have swastikas drawn on the walls in several. Also there are a lot of really sexist things written about women. NOt a safe space. Hope you did not suffer from reading this. I should have posted a trigger warning.

      1. There’s nothing like a lonely poo smear on a bathroom wall to display the power of the white, patriarchal hegemony. And we can always blame it on an unmedicated schizophrenic when we’re called on it. Well done, Kaye, well done. Report back in for your next assignment.

  2. Liberals eating their own. I love it. Pansy liberals whining about how everything in their sheltered lives on liberal campuses is unfair. Pansy liberal administrators resigning at the drop of a hat because they’ve spent their sheltered careers at liberal campuses and have zero fight in them.

    I’m happy to see that my kids have less and less competition for jobs in the real world where you can’t make a living and a career from pansy liberal politics.

  3. He he. Administrators that have coddled intolerance are now getting their comeuppance. The is the SJW version of Frankenstein – a monster that turns on its creator.

  4. This is glorious. These Caucasian liberals have encouraged this and they write weepy, sensitive letters when they finally get purged.

  5. As a CMC parent (of a recent white male graduate) I feel that Dean Spellman’s departure is years overdue. She has treated bright, hard working students as criminals and adversaries for years. This latest incident is frankly a convenient excuse for the administration to get rid of her without worrying about wrongful termination.
    CMC does need to work on diversity and inclusion, but this was not a “one thoughtless statement” decision.
    CMC is a wonderful school with excellent professors and tremendous students. CMC’s leadership, however, does not respect or communicate with its students (or their parents) with respect or concern. This needs to change. I have my doubts that it will under the current leadership.

    1. Well, it’s good to know you’re not a helicopter parent. College administrators need to listen to parents and all of their disparate concerns and come up with the best solution that suits your family and your son. Dean Spellman needed to go, and painting her as racist provided good cover. She should have listened to you more.

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