PHILADELPHIA (CBSNewYork/AP) — Temple University in Philadelphia announced Monday that Bill Cosby has resigned as a trustee — amid more than a dozen sexual-assault allegations.

“The Board of Trustees accepts Dr. Cosby’s resignation from the board and thanks him for his service to the university,” the school said in a statement.

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Board chairman Patrick O’Connor said Cosby does not want to be a distraction to the board.

“I have always been proud of my association with Temple University. I have always wanted to do what would be in the best interests of the university and its students,” Cosby said in his own statement. “As a result, I have tendered my resignation from the Temple University Board of Trustees.”

Cosby, 77, has been a highly visible cheerleader of his alma mater in Philadelphia and a board member since 1982.

Cosby has been under fire since numerous women came forward alleging he sexually assaulted them.

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