U. of Richmond President to Resign, Saying Move Is Unrelated to Controversy

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Edward L. Ayers, president of the U. of Richmond.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Edward L. Ayers, president of the U. of Richmond.

Edward L. Ayers, the University of Richmond president who was pulled into a recent controversy involving a trustee’s offensive jokes about gay people, said on Friday he intended to resign.

Mr. Ayers, a prominent scholar of the Civil War, said he planned to join Richmond’s faculty full time after he steps down, on June 30, 2015. By then, he will have been president for eight years.

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