USA Gymnastics president Kerry Perry has resigned amid mounting pressure from the U.S. Olympic Committee after a series of high-profile missteps in her nine-month tenure as head of the scandal-ridden national governing body.
Perry had been criticized for months for not reaching out to the survivors of former USA Gymnastics and U.S. Olympic team physician Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse and for focusing on marketing and branding instead. Throughout her nine-month tenure, she only addressed the media once about the Nassar scandal.
In a letter to its members posted on its website on Tuesday morning, Karen Golz, chair of the USA Gymnastics board of directors, said:
“I am writing to tell you that USA Gymnastics President and CEO Kerry Perry informed our Board of Directors last night that she will resign effective immediately. On behalf of the board, I want to thank Kerry for her leadership under very difficult circumstances.”
The USA Gymnastics board is working to name an interim CEO and is creating a search committee to find a permanent replacement, the board said.