Stockton President Quits Abruptly

April 29, 2015

The president of Stockton University abruptly resigned Tuesday, citing medical reasons for his early departure. 

Herman Saatkamp's departure comes four months earlier than he originally told the university he would be leaving. “It saddens me to have to leave this abruptly,” Saatkamp said in a university news release. 

The resignation also comes a week after a faculty vote in which one-third wanted to call for his resignation and 80 percent supported "some level of condemnation" against the leader, according to a PressofAtlanticCity.com article. University stakeholders and New Jersey legislators are upset by Saatkamp's decision to purchase a hotel and casino for $18 million to use as a new Atlantic City campus and lodging for the school, despite restrictions that the building must be run as a casino hotel. The casino's parent corporation filed for bankruptcy shortly after the purchase.

Stockton's provost, Harvey Kesselman, will serve as acting president.

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