Baylor University Title IX Coordinator Kristan Tucker has resigned, effective Jan. 2, the school announced Thursday afternoon.
Tucker was Baylor’s second full-time Title IX coordinator in school history. She replaced Patty Crawford in October 2016 after Crawford resigned and began a public feud with the university.
“During her time at Baylor, Ms. Tucker worked with a team of professionals and attorneys to implement many changes to Baylor’s Title IX processes and policies on behalf of students,” according to a university statement. “The university is grateful for her technical expertise, her support of ongoing strategic initiatives and overall service to Baylor and other campus partners.”
Tucker was previously the deputy Title IX coordinator under Crawford. Before working at Baylor, Tucker was lead Title IX investigator at East Carolina University. She was also senior equity compliance officer in the University of Tennessee System, according to a Baylor press release published when she was promoted.
Baylor announced Maureen Holland, a consulting member of the law firm Cozen O’Connor, is interim Title IX coordinator until a replacement is announced. The firm has worked with Baylor on compliance issues for months as the school has implemented recommendations meant to improve institutional responses to sexual assault allegations.
“This transition will not impact the ongoing operations of the Title IX Office, nor Baylor’s commitment to the safety and security of the campus community or compliance with applicable laws and guidelines,” according to the statement.
A Baylor spokesman declined comment, citing the situation as a personnel matter.
Tucker remained out of the limelight during her tenure, in contrast to her predecessor. Last year, Crawford alleged Baylor never gave her “the authority, resources or independence” to do her job.
Baylor officials disputed Crawford’s allegations and said she demanded book and movie rights to the sexual assault scandal during a mediation session.