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Quincy College president resigns after state shuts down nursing programs

Quincy College part-time nursing students Jennifer O’Donnell (left) Carolina Goncalves, and Samantha Shockey. “There’s a lot of unknowns,” Goncalves said. “We don’t know anything. It’s very frustrating.”
Quincy College part-time nursing students Jennifer O’Donnell (left) Carolina Goncalves, and Samantha Shockey. “There’s a lot of unknowns,” Goncalves said. “We don’t know anything. It’s very frustrating.” –Jonathan Wiggs /Globe Staff

Quincy College President Peter Tsaffaras announced his resignation Tuesday, acknowledging that he had lost the support of the college’s board of governors amid a tumultuous time for the school.

The board selected Quincy Mayor Tom Koch to temporarily lead the school until a new president is chosen, according to a spokesman for the college.

Tsaffaras’ announcement came a week after the state Board of Registration in Nursing effectively shut down Quincy College’s nursing programs after finding serious deficiencies, meaning more than 250 students will have to find another institution to finish their degrees.

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