The Associated Press

Ex-NYT Editor Pulls Out Of Brandeis Commencement

WALTHAM, Mass. — Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of The New York Times, has backed out of attending Brandeis University’s commencement.

Jill Abramson in 2010. (Evan Agostini/AP)

Jill Abramson in 2010. (Evan Agostini/AP)

The Justice student newspaper reports that Abramson told the university’s president she won’t be present Sunday to get an honorary degree she had been scheduled to receive.

A Brandeis spokesman confirms that Abramson informed the Boston-area university that it was “not my year to be there.”

Abramson, the first woman to serve as executive editor at the Times, was fired Wednesday. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. cited concerns about her newsroom management.

Geoffrey Canada, president and chief executive officer of Harlem Children’s Zone, is Brandeis’ commencement speaker.

The university earlier withdrew its offer of an honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Muslim women’s advocate who has made comments critical of Islam.

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    No, she was fired for asking why she was paid less than the male she had succeeded in her current and her previous job. NPR, you should get this right.

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    Can someone please explain why she’s not speaking at Brandeis’ commencement, but is still confirmed as speaker at Wake Forest?

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