College of Charleston student body chief resigns

Ross Kressel

Wade Spees

Ross Kressel, the controversial student body president at the College of Charleston who survived an impeachment effort, confirmed Tuesday night that he has resigned.

Kressel said he has vacated his post, but added, "I have no comment at this time." He referred questions to a student government blog website.

The site said that Kressel submitted his resignation to the Student Senate on Monday, and that the Student Government Association's Executive Council named Elliott Wright the new student body president. Wright was previously vice president.

"Ross has given many years of service to the SGA, the college, and the student body," Matthew Vaveris, senior senator and parliamentarian, wrote for the web page. "His passion for the Student Government Association was evident in his constant presence and hard work on behalf of the students."

Kressel drew the ire of some when he tweeted comments about women, blacks, gays and his colleagues.

The comments included: "Just saw big (reference to woman's chest) freshman, who is now a sophomore"; "Ah yes, funny looking flamming (sic) black kid thinks he's funny. ... I have my fingers crossed he doesn't roll his eyes"; and "Bitchy VP is being bitchy."

In September, the college's Student Government Association voted 15-14 in favor of impeaching Kressel, well short of the two-thirds majority needed. Before the impeachment vote, a "no-confidence" vote on Kressel's leadership passed 25-4.

Kressel, 21, of Marietta, Ga., after the meeting apologized and said he had learned not to offend Twitter-users. "If it would upset your mom, don't post it," he said.

The SGA president receives a salary of nearly $10,000.