Mar 1, 2016 / 15:09 pm
After fierce controversy during his short-lived term at Mount St. Mary's University, president Simon Newman has stepped down, the school's board announced Feb. 29.
"I am proud of what I have been able to achieve in a relatively short time, particularly in helping the University chart a clear course toward a bright future," Newman said in a statement from the university.
"I care deeply about the school and the recent publicity relating to my leadership has become too great of a distraction to our mission of educating students," he said, adding that he believes this decision to be the "right course of action for the Mount at this time."
Immediately following Newman's resignation, the university appointed Karl Einolf, Ph.D., as acting president.