Stanford University president Marc Tessier-Lavigne announced earlier today that he will resign effective August 31. His resignation follows the release of a report that looked into allegations he failed to correct mistakes in his academic publishings as well as allegations that he also manipulated data in those papers.
Mr. Tessier-Lavigne wrote, “Although the report clearly refutes the allegations of fraud and misconduct that were made against me, for the good of the University, I have made the decision to step down as President effective August 31.”
These allegations were initially raised by the Stanford Daily back in November. Tessier-Lavigne, a respected neuroscientist before he became president, fiercely pushed back against the paper when the allegations first came to light. The student reporter, however, stuck to his story and was later awarded a George Polk Award in Journalism for the story.