Michael Pack, the controversial CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM), has resigned from his post.
USAGM said in a statement on Thursday that Pack resigned Wednesday after being notified by the Biden administration that he would be removed.
President Biden has nominated Kelu Chao, a veteran journalist who served as program director for Voice of America (VOA), as acting CEO until a permanent replacement is confirmed by the Senate.
In his resignation letter, Pack said he was “solely focused upon reorienting the agency toward its missions,” according to NPR.
Pack further slammed the request for his resignation as a “partisan act,” adding that the agency’s leadership is “meant to be non-partisan, untethered to alternations in the political regime.”
Hey, that Biden guy ain't all bad! https://t.co/mYZbWr1vNa— Alberto Miguel Fernandez (@AlbertoMiguelF5) January 20, 2021
Pack’s leadership over USAGM is also marked by a tense relationship with VOA, which often found itself in the spotlight. Most recently, a group of VOA employees filed a whistleblower complaint protesting against allowing then-President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoTrump administration mulled kidnapping, assassinating Julian Assange: report Republican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal MORE to give a speech broadcast on hundreds of the agency's networks around the world, alleging Pompeo's remarks amounted to propaganda for the Trump administration.