The former head of Nasa is locked in a battle with the trustees of Boston University over his appointment as its president, writes Steve Farrar.
Daniel Goldin, who was Nasa administrator for nine years, is due to take over the post on Saturday. But the executive committee of the board of trustees that approved his appointment last week passed a vote of no confidence in him.
The dispute is said to concern Mr Goldin's treatment of John Silber, who is resigning as Boston's chancellor.
Mr Goldin has sent Boston a memorandum saying that he would fight to keep his job. The US press reported that the document stated that several board members had argued with him over Dr Silber's future role. But Mr Goldin insisted a condition of his appointment was that Dr Silber stand down from his post and the board.