Reginald S. Avery, who as president of Coppin State University lost a no-confidence vote in February by faculty members who were unhappy with rapid turnover in the institution’s leadership, announced on Wednesday that he would resign. Mr. Avery, who has led the historically black university in Baltimore since 2008, had vowed to listen to his critics after faculty members complained about its having had four provosts in four years, as well as a sharp increase in the number of highly paid cabinet-level positions. His resignation is effective in January. William E. Kirwan, the Maryland university system’s chancellor, praised Mr. Avery for his service in a written statement and said an interim president would be appointed.
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