Hedge fund manager Bill Ackman added fuel to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology fire this week, targeting the prestigious school in a plagiarism investigation amid calls for its president to resign.
Pressure on MIT President Sally Kornbluth has been growing since she testified before Congress last month and drew ire from conservatives who found her responses to pro-Hamas protests on her campus inadequate.
She remains the only university president still standing after Liz Magill and Claudine Gay, the former presidents of the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard, respectively, gave similar testimony and ultimately resigned in the aftermath. Gay faced additional pressure after multiple allegations of plagiarism surfaced.
It is unclear if Congress will pursue additional steps against the universities, but a spokesman for the House Education and Workforce Committee hinted at using financial threats to federal aid, which private schools like MIT receive, to pursue