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Dartmouth President Pulls Dean’s Appointment for Remarks on Gays

Dartmouth College President Philip J. Hanlon revoked the appointment of a dean at the Tucker Foundation, an ethics center, because of his past remarks about homosexuality.

The Reverend James Tengatenga, former Anglican bishop of Southern Malawi and chairman of the Anglican Consultative Council, won’t become head of the foundation, Hanlon said today in a statement. He called for a task force to clarify the foundation’s mission and structure.

Tengatenga’s appointment raised controversy because of remarks he made earlier that appeared to support Anglican church opposition to same-sex marriage. Hanlon said he spoke personally with Tengatenga, who said he was committed to gay rights and has worked in support of them in his own country.

“However, following much reflection and consultation with senior leaders at Dartmouth, it has become clear to me that Dr. Tengatenga’s past comments about homosexuality and the uncertainty and controversy they created have compromised his ability to serve effectively as dean of Tucker,” he said in the statement. “The foundation and Dartmouth’s commitment to inclusion are too important to be mired in discord over this appointment.”

Dartmouth, located in Hanover, New Hampshire, is one of eight northeastern schools in the Ivy League. It’s under investigation by the U.S. Education Department for the college’s response to sexual harassment on campus.

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