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MJC president resigns

POSTED May 6, 2011 9:22 p.m.

Modesto Junior College President Gaither Loewenstein resigned Wednesday, following the revelation that a website had songs he wrote, which contained potentially offensive imagery.

Loewenstein performed as a singer-songwriter under the stage name Gaither Drake between 2000 and 2009.

Loewenstein’s personal website, which had been online since 2007, has since been taken down. His lyrics included songs about being abused as a child, cocaine use, and comparisons of Amtrak and Nazi Germany.

Loewenstein was MJC’s sixth president in the last 10 years. His tenure lasted just 10 months, during which he oversaw a massive budget cut that eliminated more than 50 MJC employees and entire academic disciplines. Loewenstein previously served as a vice president at Norco College, near Riverside.

MJC Vice President of Instruction Karen Walters Dunlap will serve as acting president in the short term. The Yosemite Community College District Board of Trustees is expected to begin the process to replace Loewenstein at a special meeting on Monday, scheduled to discuss Loewenstein’s resignation in closed session.

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