By Zach Birdsong
Motlow State Community College will be searching for a new dean of athletics after John Chandler III submitted his letter of resignation.
“After careful deliberation and counsel with my family members, it is with appreciation for the opportunity, that I humbly resign from my position as Dean of Athletics and Physical Education,” Chandler wrote in his resignation letter. “I have come to understand and realize that the climate on campus would not improve, were I to return, and hope that I have left this department in better shape that I found it.”
The Tullahoma News obtained a copy of the letter from Motlow after filing an Open Public Records Act request. Chandler’s resignation letter is dated March 31, 2020, and states his resignation is “immediate.” Additional details about when, exactly, Chandler will leave his post were not immediately available.
Chandler had been on administrative leave for almost three months. A Dec. 6 letter to Chandler signed by Motlow Chief of Staff Marvin Thompson cites “allegations of potential misconduct and/or unprofessional behavior reported to the college on Wednesday, 12/4/2019” as the reason for temporarily removing Chandler from his post.
According to the letter, Chandler was prohibited from being present on any Motlow State Community College property while on administrative leave. In December, The News reached out to Chandler for a statement on his status with the school. At that time, he stated he was still employed by the college, however, he declined to comment further.
The News also attempted multiple times to reach Motlow President Dr. Michael Torrence for a statement regarding Chandler. However, none of those messages were returned.
Chandler was hired by Motlow in March 2019. He came to Lynchburg from San Jose State University in California, where he served as assistant director of academic success and services.
Prior to his time at San Jose State, Chandler had served as an academic advisor at Georgia State University in Atlanta in 2015-16. He previously was the development and sponsorship coordinator at Undefeated Chicago from 2012-15 and was athletic director at Malcolm X College in Chicago from 2012-14.