Amid much controversy and only 9 months in the position of President and CEO of USA Gymnastics, Kerry Perry resigns.
With canned responses at US Senate hearings, requests for resignations from top employees, and avoiding media; many have been calling for Perry’s resignation or firing.
The demise of Perry was almost inevitable after the appointment of Mary Lee Tracy as Elite Development Coordinator.
Tracy, among much disapproval, publicly supported Larry Nassar even after his conviction. In attempts to calm turbulent waters, Tracy reached out to victim and public advocate, Aly Raisman.
In a statement from USA Gymnastics, “USA Gymnastics has asked Mary Lee Tracy to resign from the elite development coordinator role. We strongly believe in a culture that encourages our athletes and survivors to speak up and make their voices heard. As a representative of the organization, she inappropriately contacted a survivor, who is also a represented plaintiff, in response to that survivor’s public criticism of her. USA Gymnastics decided it would be best to move forward without Ms. Tracy in this role.”
Many criticized this decision since Perry constantly stated USA Gymnastics wants transparency among its members and victims.
CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee, Sarah Hirshland chimed in shortly after Tracy’s resignation. “As we close the day, I’m afraid I can offer nothing but disappointment,” Hirshland said. “Under the circumstances, we feel that the organization is struggling to manage its obligations effectively and it is time to consider making adjustments in the leadership.”
It was rumored that USA Gymnastics board of directors was holding a meeting this past Saturday and was rumored to be discussing Perry’s position with USA Gymnastics.
Then this morning, Karen Golz, Chair of the Board of Directors at USA Gymnastics released the following statement:
Dear USA Gymnastics Community:
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.
As you know, USA Gymnastics has been in the midst of a difficult and painful transition to ensure that the safety and interests of our athletes remain at the heart of our mission. While much as been accomplished over the past several months to stabilize the organization, we still face tremendous challenges as we all work to achieve fundamental changes to move our sport forward.
We look forward to bringing in new leadership to build on the progress to date, and the board will immediately begin the search for an interim CEO. In the meantime, it has established a management committee to provide organizational oversight to maintain continuity in the day-to-day operations until an interim CEO is named.
Additionally, the board is in the process of forming a search committee made up of board members, as well as athletes and others from the gymnastics and NGB community, to find our next permanent leader. Board member and Olympian Brent Lang, president and CEO of Vocera, will chair the committee. We will keep you informed as we work through our urgent leadership issues.
I want to assure you that this board is determined to take the necessary steps to support a safe and competitive environment where every athlete can grow, learn life lessons, have fun and succeed.
We know the last few years have been very difficult for everyone involved with USA Gymnastics, and we thank you for your patience and support through these challenging days. The athletes, parents, coaches, volunteers, gym owners and USA Gymnastics staff are the heart and soul of USA Gymnastics, and we will do everything in our power to ensure that our athletes and everyone involved with our great sport and movement achieve their fullest potential.
Now the athletes, coaches, and membership are left guessing where their future is and where they will go from here.
Source: USA Gymnastics, Indianapolis Business Journal