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Following widespread criticism about her decision last month to eliminate seven sports, William & Mary athletics director Samantha Huge has resigned, the school announced Tuesday.
Huge took over as William & Mary AD in March 2017, vowing to increase revenue in the athletic department. However, in the wake of budget deficits amid the coronavirus pandemic, the school last month announced it would eliminate seven of its 23 varsity sports after the 2020-21 school year.
The announcement was widely criticized by students, faculty and alumni — particularly when sections contained wording that appeared to have been copied from a letter sent in July by Stanford University when it eliminated some of its varsity sports.
Several teams also threatened class-action lawsuits if their sports were cut.
“Now it is clear to me that a new approach is necessary,” W&M President Katherine Rowe said in a news release. “Accordingly, Director Huge and I have mutually agreed that it is best to part ways so the university can focus on the critical questions facing W&M Athletics.”
Rowe’s chief of staff, Jeremy Martin, will take over for Huge on an interim basis until a permanent athletic director is hired.