The newly named chancellor of the University of Minnesota Morris campus withdrew his candidacy, just before his appointment was to become official.
Rodney Hanley, who was named in April to become the campus’ sixth chancellor, notified the university Wednesday that he had changed his mind, according to a university spokesman.
Hanley, who is now provost and vice president of academic affairs at Fisk University, cited personal and family reasons for backing out of the job, the U said in a brief announcement Thursday.
The Board of Regents had been scheduled to vote on Hanley’s appointment Friday.
“Dr. Hanley expressed that this was a personal decision made after considerable thought and reflection, and is best for him and his family at this time,” President Eric Kaler said in a statement.
Hanley could not be reached for comment Thursday.
When his appointment was first announced April 22, Hanley issued a statement saying, “My family and I are excited to return to an area for which we have deep roots and for which we have great love.” This spring, he was also a finalist for president of Bemidji State University.
Hanley had worked at the University of North Dakota as a professor and chair of earth sciences from 2004 to 2008. He has been at Fisk, one of the nation’s top historically black universities, since 2014.
Hanley was to have replaced Jacqueline Johnson, the retiring chancellor at the Morris campus, on July 1.
Kaler said the U will move quickly to find an interim leader and “determine our next steps in re-launching a national search.”