Chestnut Hill College officials are correcting media reports about professor Rudolf Alexandrov’s on-campus leap to his death on Wednesday.
Chestnut Hill College spokeswoman Kathleen Spigelmyer wants to set the record straight. She confirmed that Alexandrov, an adjunct professor, did commit suicide inside the main campus building. But, contrary to reports, he did not walk out of a math class he was teaching before diving to his death on the marble floor about 25 feet below. Neither his students nor his wife witnessed his death, Spigelmyer said. “He never entered his classroom to the best of our knowledge. His class had not started. There were four witnesses to the actual event: three staff people and one security guard. His wife was not one of the witnesses. She also teaches a class at the same time and she was in her classroom teaching.”Spigelmyer said the school had no indication the professor was considering suicide. “Obviously we’re very upset about this…We’re a Catholic College, we are praying for his family, that they are able to get through these very difficult times.”Spigelmyer said counselors are available to help the witnesses and other members of the school community.