A man that Texas Governor Rick Perry backed to take over the top spot at Texas A&M has resigned.
Perry lobbied hard to have Guy Diedrich, the system’s former vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, take over as interim president at A&M.
When Perry couldn’t rally support from the regents to place Diedrich at the head of his alma mater, the governor suggested a new role equivalent with Chancellor John Sharp.
Deidrich was not promoted to either position and ended his decade of service to A&M, March 31.
There was no announcement from the system regarding Deidrich’s departure.
A system spokesman said there are no plans to fill the $300,000-a-year position.
Diedrich says he will “remain dedicated to the Bush Family and the Bush U.S.-China Relations Conference” and will continue to raise money for the A&M branch campus in Nazareth, Israel.
Diedrich is the latest in a line of Perry associates to exit from top A&M jobs. Terry Fossum, former A&M University System vice chancellor for global and corporate partnerships, abruptly retired in December. Earlier this month, Joe Weber, Texas A&M’s vice president of student affairs, was named executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.