UA Board of Regents nominee withdraws
University of Alaska Board of Regents nominee Tammy Randolph has withdrawn her consideration from the job, according to the Associated Press on Wednesday.
Randolph faced criticism for her "rude and severe language" on social media posts. In one such post, she referred to former first lady Michelle Obama as a man.
In a letter to the governor, Randolph wrote she was grateful for the opportunity but chose to focus on her businesses in Fairbanks and family:
“With this letter I formally withdraw my name from consideration for appointment to the University of Alaska Board of Regents. I have the utmost respect for the institution and its mission, and I no longer wish to distract from its pressing business. I am grateful for the honor you bestowed on me by forwarding my name for this position of distinction. After much consideration and reflection today, I have decided that my priorities at this point in my life - my family and my businesses in Fairbanks -must take precedence.”
A statement from Gov. Dunleavy's administration reiterated its support for Randolph, but respects her decision to withdraw.
“This administration felt Tammy Randolph was a perfectly qualified candidate — a very intelligent and successful business person — that would have brought a wealth of knowledge and perspective to the University of Alaska System and the UA Board of Regents," the statement reads. "Governor Dunleavy wholeheartedly stands by her appointment, but also stands by her decision to withdraw her name from consideration and return to her family and thriving business.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.
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