Time to add another name to the already long list of people who are slowly backing away from Bill Cosby. CNN says that Spelman College in Atlanta, GA has decided to pull the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship. Spelman College released a statement on Saturday announcing that the WCOHCEP, which has been suspended since December, has been “discontinued“, and that related funds have been returned to the Clara Elizabeth Jackson Carter Foundation. Sidenote: when you read WCOHCEP out loud, it totally sounds like one of Bill Cosby’s made-up gibberish words.
Bill and Spelman go back a long way. Two of Bill and Camille’s daughters, Erika and Evin, went to Spelman, and their son Ennis went to Morehouse, a college connected to Spelman. Spelman is also one of the inspirations for Hillman College, the fake college Cliff and Clair Huxtable went to on The Cosby Show and Denise Huxtable went to on A Different World.
Spelman College doesn’t say why they got rid of the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship. I don’t think we’d be going out on too far of a limb to assume it has something to do with The New York Times releasing more nuggets of not-right from Bill Cosby’s 2005 deposition last week. They also haven’t said anything about the Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby, Ed.D. Academic Center, but since Camille Cosby’s name doesn’t make people grimace like Bill’s does, it’s probably sticking around for a while.