Texas A&M University said Friday that its president will step down “immediately” in the wake of political backlash against a new director of its journalism program over her work promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.

The president, M. Katherine Banks, sent a letter of retirement late Thursday, the university said in a statement. The announcement came just days after the school’s faculty senate approved a resolution to create a fact-finding commission to look “into the mistreatment” of Kathleen McElroy, a University of Texas professor and former editor at The New York Times.

Within weeks of the original offer, the deal began to unravel. At least one conservative Texas A&M alumni group, the Rudder Association, said it had filed a complaint against Dr. McElroy’s appointment because of her advocacy. Dr McElroy told The Times that the terms of her employment had been revised to offer her a one-year contract. She chose to return to her tenured position at the University of Texas.

The Texas Tribune first reported the controversy

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