The under-fire president of Roxbury Community College is stepping down, WBUR has confirmed with the school’s chair of the board of trustees.
Terrence Gomes gave the board his resignation on Monday, after nine years as president.
“We all came and got on the same page that the change in leadership was appropriate [and] ultimately the best for the college,” Chair Anita Crawford just told our Newscast unit.
The college is under investigation into whether officials under-reported campus crime.
The Boston Globe, which first reported Gomes’ resignation, adds:
Gomes … retired in the wake of a series of questions about his leadership, including alleged underreporting of campus crime, lengthy delays in distributing financial aid, and his rejection of a job training program pushed by the business community.
Crawford wouldn’t comment on whether the board pressured Gomes to resign, but she said all parties agreed that a change in leadership is needed.
Crawford added that the school’s finances and academic programs have been improved under Gomes’ tenure.
Gomes has not returned calls for comment.
Crawford said Gomes’ resignation is effective at the end of the month.