By ALEX JONESAUL and ROBERT M. DOWNSBYNAssociated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — A University of Cincinnati graduate who served as the university’s president for a decade is stepping down, saying he no longer wants to be part of the university and its mission.
Robert J. Hines Jr. says he’s resigned from his position as president of the West Chester University.
He told The Associated Press that his decision to resign from his post comes after the university made “an effort to create an environment of trust.”
The university said in a statement Friday that Hines, 63, was fired in June.
“He made an error of judgment in his leadership role, including failing to meet our expectations of excellence,” the university said.
“In our effort to build an environment that fosters a positive and productive relationship between faculty and students, the university has been working with a diversity committee to evaluate the ways in which diversity is presented in our educational programs.
We are working closely with the University of Washington and West Chester to develop a plan that will support the university in this effort.”
The Associated Press reported earlier this month that Hine, a former U.S. Marine who was a leader in the department’s Office of Diversity, had received a pay raise after the University paid him $5 million in 2017.
Hines served as president for three years from 2013 to 2017, leading the Westchester County Public Schools, a public school system that includes Cincinnati.
He was named president in 2012, and was re-elected in 2018.