HBCU Administrator’s Suicide Fuels Demands for President’s Resignation

Calls for the resignation of Lincoln University of Missouri President John Moseley are intensifying in the wake of the tragic suicide of Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey, a university alum and vice president of student affairs, on January 8.

Candia-Bailey, who began her tenure at Lincoln University in May 2023, received a termination letter on January 3, citing allegations of insubordination, allowing ineligible students discounted housing rates, and breaching confidentiality requirements in a grievance matter. 

The 49-year-old alum detailed months of harassment and bullying in a letter addressed to Moseley, emphasizing instances of intentional mistreatment during meetings.

In the same letter, Candia-Bailey expressed her lack of awareness regarding performance concerns until a November 2023 review, with no subsequent action plan provided. She had previously submitted complaints to HR and the Board of Curators against Moseley, as revealed by emails and letters obtained by ABC News.

A respected figure, Candia-Bailey previously held positions at Elms College in Massachusetts, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Towson University, North Carolina A&T State University, and North Carolina State University.

Following her death, Lincoln University’s Board of Curators announced plans for a third-party review of potential personnel issues and concerns regarding compliance with established policies. Moseley volunteered to be placed on paid administrative leave during the review.

Moseley, 47, with a doctorate in educational leadership, has not responded to ABC News’ requests for comment. The University also remains silent on further inquiries.

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HBCU Admin Turmoil Calls for Moseley’s Resignation

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Calls for the resignation of Lincoln University of Missouri President John Moseley are intensifying in the wake of the tragic suicide of Antoinette “Bonnie” Candia-Bailey, a university alum and vice president of student affairs, on January 8.

In response to the allegations against Moseley, Lincoln University’s students and alumni are calling for his resignation, deeming the current administration a “liability” to the institution’s mission. 

The Board of Curators President, Victor Pasley, affirmed the commitment to prioritizing mental health and ensuring every employee is treated with dignity.

Despite the Board’s confidence in the leadership team, calls for Moseley’s resignation persist. Lincoln University Alumni President Sherman Bonds demanded immediate change, citing the Board’s fiduciary responsibility to prevent harm to the institution’s mission and brand.

Campus protests against Moseley’s tenure have erupted, with LU students expressing discontent, as reported by the Jefferson City News Tribune.

Family and friends of Candia-Bailey note signs of stress and unhappiness in her workplace, leading up to her tragic death. 

An investigation conducted in December 2023 dismissed claims that Moseley disclosed her mental health and made inappropriate jokes.

Remembered fondly by loved ones, Candia-Bailey’s vibrant personality, quick wit, and infectious smile left a lasting impact on those who knew her. Her family described her as a true leader, confident in challenging others’ thoughts.

The situation at Lincoln University of Missouri remains fluid, with ongoing calls for accountability and justice for the late Candia-Bailey.

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