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The Times also reported that UDC administrators did not break the school's lease on a building at 4250 Connecticut Ave. NW even though it was apparent the school's finances were in trouble and the rent vastly exceeded the market rate.

Yesterday, UDC students said they were surprised to hear that Mr. Nimmons had resigned.

"I am shocked," said Lisa Jean Pierre, a graduate student in English.

She said she had met Mr. Nimmons for the first time last week at a student advisory board meeting. "He seemed really cool. Like a really nice guy," Miss Pierre said.