Dr. Ruth Simmons, president of the Prairie View A&M College (PVAMU), will probably be stepping down on the finish of the month, 4 months sooner than her anticipated resignation date on Jun. 1, The Texas Tribune reported.
The sudden change of plans seems to be as a consequence of a battle about hiring powers with Texas A&M College System Chancellor John Sharp throughout the remainder of Simmons’ tenure. In a Feb. 10 letter to the campus neighborhood, Simmons stated she was knowledgeable that she might solely proceed with restricted presidential authority.
“My speedy response was that I couldn’t and wouldn’t agree to being president in identify solely,” Simmons stated. “No enduring good can come up from subservience to low requirements and expectations.”
Sharp stated in an announcement that outgoing Texas A&M System presidents can not rent senior employees or deans besides on an interim foundation in order that incoming presidents can select their very own staff. He instructed Simmons he wouldn’t make exceptions and he or she selected to resign, Sharp stated.
“I’m sorry she selected this path, however I’m perpetually grateful for her service at Prairie View A&M College and stay up for even higher issues sooner or later,” Sharp stated in an announcement.
Simmons had announced her resignation plans last March. The unique plan was for her to stay within the position till the incoming president, Dr. Tomikia LeGrande, took on the position Jun. 1. Now, the system stated it would appoint an interim president within the meantime earlier than LeGrande begins her presidency.
“I’ll help the efforts of school, employees and college students who search the perfect for themselves and their college,” Simmons wrote. “We should not be held hostage to how others select to see us or deal with us, however, as an alternative, proceed to chart our personal path demonstrating the satisfaction, dedication and integrity that defines us.”