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 July 22, 2023

Texas A&M University president resigns over hiring of woke DEI proponent

Former New York Times editor and woke DEI proponent Kathleen McElroy caused a major, national headache for Texas A&M University, so much so that it has already resulted in resignations. 

According to Breitbart, Texas A&M University President Katherine Banks is resigning over her role in hiring McElroy, which caused the institution serious PR damage.

Banks wrote in her resignation letter, which was effectively immediately according reports, that the situation had become a "distraction."

"The recent challenges regarding Dr. [Kathleen] McElroy have made it clear to me that I must retire immediately. The negative press is a distraction from the wonderful work being done here," read the letter sent to A&M System Chancellor John Sharp on Thursday.

The Texas Tribune noted:

The fallout over McElroy’s hiring, which has garnered national media attention, marks the culmination of Banks’ two-year tenure, which was often met with pushback from faculty and students who consistently raised concerns with the direction she was taking the university and the way in which her administration was communicating its vision.

McElroy was hired by banks to run the university's prestigious journalism division. Given her past, students voice serious concerns over that possibility.

For her part, McElroy responded to the news, adding that she'll have more to say about the situation at a later date.

"I’m deeply grateful for the groundswell of support I’ve received, especially from Aggies of all majors, and my former and current students. There’s much more I could say and will say about what has unfolded. But for now, I’ll reserve those statements for a future date," McElroy said.

Last week, McElroy's hiring, which included a balloon-laden party, quickly generated a political firestorm, which resulted in the university altering her contract, which then led to McElroy refusing the role.

Breitbart noted:

Former New York Times editor and DEI proponent Kathleen McElroy was appointed to be the head of the journalism program at Texas A&M University, but later had her contract reduced from five years to one year, after her woke history came to light. She has chosen not to take the position at all in a win against DEI insanity.

The situation continued to generate controversy across social media.

Only time will tell if this was yet another domino falling in the failure of DEI practices in hiring.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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