However, during a recent board meeting, it became evident that Haile is standing by his decision to step down.
Haile, in his remarks at the meeting, offered no specific reasons for his abrupt departure and declined interviews with local reporters afterward.
President resigns without explanation
He simply stated that the decision was “probably the hardest thing” he has ever done, according to a recording of his remarks provided by the college, and noted that his resignation letter would “speak for itself.”
At the same meeting, the board announced its intention to appoint an acting president, with the condition that the appointee must be a current or former employee or trustee.
The position will be advertised for five days, followed by interviews and salary determination next week, before the final selection is made.
Haile’s resignation occurred on the same day, just hours after, he met with Board Chair Alexis Yarbrough.
Yarbrough, who is one of the new Broward College trustees appointed in February by Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, serves as the current chair of the Fourth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and is married to Shane Strum, DeSantis’s former chief of staff.