The episode prompted an overhaul of BU’s board, which critics contended was too cozy with Silber and had made him one of the country’s highest-paid college presidents, with compensation as high as $775,000 as president. Silber resigned as chancellor and agreed to move to a new office away from the building where the university’s top executives work.
BU, with more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students, is the nation’s fourth largest private university.
Silber received his undergraduate degree from Trinity University and his doctorate from Yale University. He taught at Yale and Texas and was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the National Bipartisan Commission on Central America. In addition to academic works on philosophy and opinion pieces, he published a 1989 book “Straight Shooting.”
His wife, Kathryn, whom he met at Trinity and married in 1947, died in 2005. They had six daughters and two sons. One of their sons, David, died in 1995.
No details on memorial services were available.