The City Council today ordered the president of Boston University to appear before one of its committees on 4 p.m. on Dec. 2 to discuss the university's workforce diversity.
The council unanimously approved the formal summons after Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who is studying diversity in post-secondary education in Boston, said Brown stood him up for a hearing on the issue after having agreed to appear.
Jackson acknowledged Brown did send a letter begging off the 10 a.m. hearing - to which his office had earlier agreed. But, he added, "it is unacceptable to send a letter at 4:45 the day before."
In recent months, councilors have increasingly turned to their subpoena power to compel people to appear before them, although up until this point, the mere threat of a summons was enough, for example, back in June, when Police Commissioner William Evans showed up for a hearing on police horses that he had initially sent a couple of subordinates.