Prairie View A&M Vice President/Athletics Director Fred Washington has resigned. The resignation was confirmed by PVAM President Dr. Ruth Simmons and reported on Twitter by Mark Berman, sports director at local TV station Fox 26.
"I met with him late yesterday (Thursday) and he informed me he was going to resign and he's really retiring. I think it was a combination of factors, mostly related to family," Simmons said. "He and his wife had discussed this long before. This is a little earlier than what he had anticipated."
Washington was named AD last October following the departure of Ashley Robinson to become AD at Jackson State.
All total, Washington has served PVAM for 27 years. He is also retired as a Major in the United States Army Reserve and served twenty-three years in that regard.
"I'm going to name (associate director of athletics) Alicia Pete to step in again on an interim basis, but we will be conducting a national search," said Simmons.
Pete, who is also a PVAM alum, served as interim AD during the period between Robinson's departure and Washington's appointment. As Senior Woman Administrator, she now returns to leading the department until the vacancy is filled.