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BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Robert Mann announced Sunday that he will be stepping down as the Manship Chair in Journalism for the  Manship School of Mass Communication at LSU.

Mann said on social media that he informed the dean that he would be stepping down at the end of the school year. Mann has been with LSU since 2006.

“My reasons are simple: The person who will be governor in January has already asked LSU to fire me. And I have no confidence the leadership of this university would protect the Manship School against a governor’s efforts to punish me and other faculty members,” Mann said.

Current Attorney General Jeff Landry won the governor’s race in the Louisiana primary election on Saturday, Oct. 14.

“I’ve seen too much cowardice and appeasement from top LSU officials already. That being the case, it’s clearly best to remove myself from the equation to avoid any harm to the school I love,” Mann said.