Bill Cosby (l.) and Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Tatum in 2006

Bill Cosby (l.) and Spelman College president Dr. Beverly Tatum in 2006

*Spelman College in Atlanta, which has had strong ties to Bill Cosby for decades, is now distancing itself a bit from the star.

On Sunday, the school indefinitely suspended the William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship. The prestigious visiting scholar endowment was created in 1988 when the school received a $20 million donation from Cosby and wife Camille.

A statement from the school spokeswoman Audrey Arthur to the AJC says:

“The William and Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Endowed Professorship was established to bring positive attention and accomplished visiting scholars to Spelman College in order to enhance our intellectual, cultural and creative life. The current context prevents us from continuing to meet these objectives fully. Consequently, we will suspend the program until such time that the original goals can again be met.”