The new president of the Charleston School of Law, Maryann Jones, has quit before signing a contract.
At midday Friday, spokesman Andy Brack released a copy of an email from Jones to dean Andy Abrams and two of school’s three owners that said in part:
“I truly only wanted to help. The level of vitriol, with all sides making me a lightening rod for an unfortunate situation that was not of my making, makes this truly a situation that I am unwilling at this stage of my life to undertake. In trying to do what must be done and should have been done months ago, I have become the focus of everyone’s frustration and anger.”
Jones’ email from Thursday night went on to say she was “profoundly saddened” and wished the school well.
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She was hired Nov. 13.
Many students, alumni and members of the state’s legal community have been outspoken in their opposition to a proposed sale of the private Charleston School of Law to InfiLaw. Any sale would need approval from the Bar Association, as well as a license to operate from the state’s Commission on Higher Education.