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Sonoma State University President Dr. Judy K. Sakaki Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Scandal Involving Husband Patrick McCallum


SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — Sonoma State University president Dr. Judy Sakaki announced Monday that she is stepping down amid a growing sexual harassment scandal involving her husband Patrick McCallum.

ABC7 News has obtained an email Dr. Sakaki sent to the campus community stating that after “thorough consideration and discussions with my family,” she would be stepping down as president effective July 31.

Sakaki has come under fire for her handling of on-campus sexual harassment allegations against her husband — and her oversight of budget and enrollment.

Dr Sakaki’s announcement comes after faculty members approved a vote of “no confidence” in his leadership last month.

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A Sonoma State University employee told ABC7 News that 44% of eligible faculty participated in the vote. 173 voted for “no confidence”, and 105 voted against “no confidence”.

Democratic State Senators Bill Dodd of Napa, who represents the district surrounding Sonoma State University, and Mike McGuire, an alumnus of the school, released the following statement to ABC7 News:

“The faculty have spoken and it is time for the healing process to begin. President Sakaki should step down for the greater good of the university.”

According to the Press Democrat, state senators Dodd and McGuire said it was “time for the healing process to begin.”

California State University officials say an interim president will be announced shortly.

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