Suffolk University: President and board of trustees chair will work to ‘resolve issues’

Suffolk Univeristy students rallied in support of their president, Margaret McKenna on Tuesday.
Suffolk Univeristy students rallied in support of their president, Margaret McKenna on Tuesday. –John Tlumacki / Boston Globe

Suffolk University President Margaret McKenna and Andrew Meyer, chair of the board of the trustees, met on Wednesday and have agreed to “work toward a resolution of issues,’’ Greg Gatlin, a university spokesman, said in a statement.

The announcement follows a days-long standoff between the two school officials after it became public that an emergency meeting of the trustees had been scheduled to vote on firing McKenna.

Students and faculty rallied behind McKenna after she said she would not give in to pressure by the board to leave the position she has held for seven months. McKenna has a five-year contract with the university and is the fifth president at the school in five years.

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The school’s statement also came a day after former attorney general Martha Coakley shut down reports that she was being considered as a replacement for McKenna.

“Chairman Meyer and President McKenna strongly agree that the interests of the Suffolk University, its students, faculty, staff, and alumna, must come first,’’ Gatlin said. “Both the chairman and the president believe Suffolk is such an important institution to Boston and this region and they realize they need to work to resolve issues and continue to strengthen the University.’’

He said Meyer and McKenna will be working on a proposal that “they hope’’ to present to the board on Friday — at the meeting originally scheduled to consider the removal of McKenna, according to The Boston Globe.

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