President only since July 2022, University of Pennsylvania President M. Elizabeth Magill resigned December 9, 2023 following an abysmal performance at a Congressional hearing where she could not bring herself to admit that calling for the genocide of Jewish people violates the University’s Code of Conduct and exceeds the boundaries of protected free speech.
While Board Chairman Scott Bok (who also resigned and who is a lawyer) tried to explain that Magill was over-prepared for her testimony and had “lawyered up” giving a more lawyerly answer rather than a moral answer to a question from Rep. Stefanik, the irony is that Magill is seasoned lawyer with a prior stellar career.
Magill earned her JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon graduation she clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. With a long career in academia, Magill served the University of Virginia faculty for 15 years where she was also a vice dean. She left there to become the Dean of Stanford Law School. After a seven-year tenure, she returned to the University of Virginia to sere as Executive Vice President and Provost, the position she had prior to the UPenn appointment.