UPDATE: Bill Cosby Resigns From Temple Board of Trustees

University under fire for its continued connections to embattled entertainer.


Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University's commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

Comedian Bill Cosby at Temple University’s commencement Thursday, May 12, 2011, in Philadelphia.

[Update 4:20 p.m.] According to a statement released today by Temple University, Bill Cosby has resigned from the school’s board of trustees:

Statement of William H. Cosby Jr:
“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students. As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.”

Temple University response:
“The Board of Trustees accepts Dr. Cosby’s resignation from the board and thanks him for his service to the university.”

We’ll update as details become available.

[Original] Temple University’s board of trustees will meet “soon” to discuss whether embattled entertainer Bill Cosby should remain on that board, BillyPenn.com reports.

Nelson Diaz, a Temple trustee and partner at Dilworth Paxson, said that he has “no idea” whether the school plans to cut ties with Cosby, the TV legend and comedian who’s been under fire after 20 women said he sexually assaulted them. Diaz wouldn’t specify when the meeting is set to occur, but trustees are scheduled to meet next Tuesday, Dec. 9 for a general meeting.

“They’re going to have a meeting on that issue,” Diaz said. “So I don’t know what they’re going to do with that. They just sent out a notice for the meeting.”

A Temple spokesman “could not immediately confirm” the meeting, the site reported. Cosby attended Temple in the 1960s and has been closely associated with the school for decades — speaking at commencements, featured at fundraisers, and often expanding the university’s profile by wearing a Temple shirt in public.