CORRECTION: · A May 30 Metro article incorrectly described the connection between incoming Howard University President Sidney A. Ribeau and Howard Board of Trustees Chairman Addison Barry Rand. Rand married Ribeau's sister when he was 24, more than 30 years ago.
The chairman of Howard University's Board of Trustees recused himself from voting on the school's new president during a recently concluded search because the candidate had been his brother-in-law decades ago, school sources said.
Faculty Senate President Theodore Bremner said his panel, already concerned about what members consider a secretive search process, could discuss the former relationship when they convene in the fall.
Sidney A. Ribeau, president of Bowling Green State University in Ohio for 13 years, was tapped this month to become the 16th president of the nation's premier predominantly African American university by a committee seeking a successor to H. Patrick Swygert, whose decade-long tenure ends June 30. Ribeau officially starts July 1.