The Board of Visitors at the College of William and Mary announced in a statement this morning that President Gene Nichol had resigned following the board’s decision not to renew his contract.
Nichol also released a statement, noting that he will return to the faculty of the William and Mary law school.
Nichol’s 16-month tenure was marked by a number of controversies, including a dust-up over the presence of a cross in the school’s historic Wren Chapel. This past week, several members of the board were called to appear before the General Assembly and to hear some members’ displeasure with the recent Sex Workers’ Art Show held on campus.
The board said that Dean W. Taylor Reveley of the law school will serve as interim president of the College while a search for a new leader begins.