Cosby leaves Temple board; student leader says assault accusations were 'dragging down' school

Temple University's student body president says he's glad Bill Cosby has resigned as a trustee amid a string of sexual-assault allegations.

Cosby stepped down Monday after more than a dozen women accused him of drugging and molesting them over the years.

Student Body President Raymond Smeriglio (smur IG' leo ) says the accusations were dragging down the school's reputation.

Cosby has served on the board since 1982 and has been one of the university's most fervent cheerleaders.

The 77-year-old Philadelphia native says he didn't want to be a distraction to his beloved alma mater.

Cosby has denied the accusations and has never faced criminal charges.

He has settled one sex-assault lawsuit, filed by a former Temple basketball employee in 2005.