From The New York Times

The dean of Columbia College has abruptly resigned over what she called administrative changes that would diminish or eliminate her authority, leaving the undergraduate division of Columbia University without a leader two weeks before the start of classes.

Michele M. Moody-Adams, the first female and the first black dean of the college, said in an e-mail sent Saturday to Columbia alumni and donors that she planned to stay through the academic year.

But on Monday, the president of Columbia University, Lee C. Bollinger, said in a statement that it was in the best interest of the college and the university for her to step down immediately. He promised that an interim dean would be named soon.

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