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.
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.