Charleston School of Law president resigns days into job

Charleston School of Law president resigns days into job

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston School of Law's new president has stepped down just eight days into her new role.

A spokesman for the school confirmed Maryann Jones submitted her resignation Thursday night via email to the school's directors and dean.

In an email, Jones mentioned criticism and not wanting to be in the situation she was in:

"It is with true regret that I inform you that I will not sign a contract to assume the presidency of CSOL. I truly only wanted to help. The level of vitriol, with all sides making me a lightening rod for an unfortunate situation that was not of my making, makes this truly a situation that I am unwilling at this stage of my life to undertake. In trying to do what must be done and should have been done months ago, I have become the focus of everyone's frustration and anger. Please accept this as my formal notice that I will not continue in this role. I am profoundly saddened, as I had hoped to see this through to a positive conclusion for the law school. I truly had little appreciation for the extent to which my involvement would cause this level of upset for all concerned. I wish this school well, as my previous involvement engendered truly fond feelings."

One of the law school's directors, Judge Robert S. Carr, informed the school community of Jones' decision Friday.

"We hope that this will be a catalyst to all of our working together to take the tough actions necessary to assure the long-term survival of the school," Carr said in that message.

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the school over the possible sale to the Infilaw system, which owns three other law schools.

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