NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The president of Motlow State Community College has resigned before the completion of an internal audit that stated fear and intimidation were mainstays of his leadership.

The Tennessean reports ( Tony Kinkel resigned a day before the completion of the Tennessee Board of Regents audit released Wednesday.

The audit states Kinkel’s manipulation of both people and information has created a deep sense of distrust among faculty and administrators.

Kinkel said in his resignation letter that he is stepping down with “deep anguish.” He also touted the school’s rising retention rates and financial donations during his tenure.

Kinkel has been president of Motlow State since August 2015.

Kinkel was the second embattled community college president to resign in a week.

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