By Elisabeth Harrison
Providence, R.I. – After nine years, Roger Williams University President Roy Nirschel is calling it quits.
School officials say they accepted Nirshel's resignation just before the Fourth of July weekend. A spokesman would not give specific reasons for the move, saying only that the board of trustees felt it was time for new leadership.
Nirschel shepherded Roger Williams through controversy in 2007 when then-board chairman Ralph Papitto resigned amid allegations that he used racial and ethnic slurs during board meetings.
Nirschel is also credited with boosting the school's endowment and academic reputation.
Earlier this year, Nirschel announced a restructuring plan that divides the university into a series of centers, organized around themes like environmental sustainability and leadership.
In an interview with the student Newspaper in May he gave no indication of plans to resign this year.