Savannah State University President Earl G. Yarbrough said administrative differences with the Georgia Board of Regents led to his unexpected departure.
Yarbrough said in an interview with the Savannah Morning News that responsible people often have differences in their approach, and the university system makes the ultimate decision. He said that has led to conflict for the past few years.
The regents voted Tuesday not to renew Yarbrough's contract. He has been president of the historically black public university since 2007.
An interim president will be named in the coming days.
Yarbrough is a finalist for the presidency at the Southern University campus in Baton Rouge, La.