The Virginia Army Institute’s superintendent resigned on Monday, after Virginia’s governor ordered an impartial investigation of allegations of systemic racism on the state-supported navy faculty.
Gen. J.H. Binford Peay III, 80, who has led the college since 2003, stated in his resignation letter that the workers of Gov. Ralph Northam and members of the Virginia legislature had “misplaced confidence in my management” and had requested him on Friday to resign.
Basic Binford, a retired four-star Military normal, led the 181-year-old faculty by way of a stormy re-examination of its previous and of a tradition that, for generations, commemorated Accomplice leaders and slave homeowners and staged yearly commemoration of a insurgent cost.
The institute has lengthy been related to the Accomplice trigger. In 1864 your complete cadet corps took up arms within the Battle of New Market. The Accomplice normal Stonewall Jackson was an teacher on the institute earlier than the Civil Warfare.
Lately, a rising variety of college students have referred to as for a statue of Stonewall Jackson to be faraway from its central place on the campus.
Basic Binford made efforts to deal with problems with racism on the faculty this yr, however stated in a letter over the summer time that he wouldn’t rename buildings honoring Confederates and that the statue of Jackson would stay, calling him a “staunch Christian” and a “navy genius.”
Earlier this month, The Washington Put up reported that Black college students on the faculty “endure relentless racism” and have been subjected to mock lynchings and different abuse.