A college administrator facing conflict or scandal can use this resignation letter to assert that they are resigning in the best interest of their university.
Dear Board of Trustees,
It is with great humility that I must tender my resignation. After months of faculty and student complaints (some true, most false), I now see that my continued presence at University Name is a distraction.
Yesterday’s media coverage made it abundantly clear: With me gone, the university can focus entirely on its educational mission.
I had intended to serve in my administrative role until retirement and address the campus at that time. Instead, I’d like to immediately extend my appreciation to the Board, the Chancellor’s Office, the hard-working faculty, and the student body. Despite recent events, I hope you can believe that I’ve had your best interests in mind all along. My resignation should be further evidence of that.
In my absence, the ship will right itself and University Name will continue to stand tall.