Vermont State University president Parwinder Grewal is out after less than a year on the job. Grewal resigned Friday for personal reasons, VT Digger reported. The move comes months before the consolidated university was set to launch, amid backlash over plans to convert the library for the three combined colleges to a primarily digital space.
With Grewal’s departure, the plan to move the library online has been shelved. Both announcements came at a Friday meeting of the Vermont State Colleges Board of Trustees. Plans to scale back athletic programs are also being reconsidered following Grewal’s exit.
The new Vermont State University is comprised of three members of the Vermont State Colleges system: Castleton University, Northern Vermont University and Vermont Technical College.
“We knew this work would be difficult—in fact, none of this work is simple or easy but we are making steady progress and will be ready to launch Vermont State University in July,” Sophie Zdatny, Vermont State Colleges System chancellor, said in a news release. “We are grateful to Dr. Parwinder Grewal for stepping into the role of President and bringing his skills and expertise from a similar higher education unification at this important time, and we appreciate his service.”
Mike Smith, a former state Agency of Human Services official, has been named interim president.