- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The University of Minnesota says the new chancellor for the university’s Morris campus has abruptly withdrawn his candidacy.

The university announced Thursday that Rodney Hanley had withdrawn, the day before his appointment was to be formally announced.

University President Eric Kaler says Hanley said it was a personal decision, and was “best for him and his family at this time.”

Kaler says the university will move quickly to find an interim chancellor. Kaler had announced Hanley’s appointment in April, and Hanley was to begin work July 1, pending approval by the Board of Regents on Friday.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1T8h3MM ) reports Hanley is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.

About 1,900 students attend the public liberal arts university in Morris, in western Minnesota.

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Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

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