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Daniel Libeskind and Four Other Trustees Resign from Cooper Union’s Board

Five Cooper Union trustees—architect Daniel Libeskind, architect François De Menil, Vassar College president Catherine Hill, former board chairman and real estate manager Mark Epstein, and banker Monica Vachner—have resigned from the school’s board, according to Artnet’s Brian Boucher. Boucher writes that the school’s decision to start charging tuition, announced by president Jamshed Bharucha in 2011, is behind the latest development in an ongoing scandal that has left many displeased.

Students and alumni have sued the school, claiming monetary mismanagement, and the trustees resigning were in support of the school’s longstanding free tuition policy. Three wrote letters detailing the reasons behind their resignations here.

“If the schools fail in the future, it will not be due to the change in the scholarship policy (a major part of the sustainability plan) as some will claim. It will be due to the organized opposition to it,” wrote Epstein. Meanwhile, Libeskind’s letter read: “I expected that in this difficult time of change, there would be a meaningful and open discussion—one which would assure Cooper Union’s stability and future. My experience was far from that.”