The L. Douglas Wilder era at Virginia Union University has fizzled out, four days before he was to assume the presidency at his alma mater.

Wilder, the first elected black governor, withdrew Tuesday as the university's next president amid criticism over his demand for the resignations of a dozen top Virginia Union administrators."I think such action would be best for all concerned and would hope that this would end any speculation of perceived disruptions at the university," Wilder said.

Wilder said leaders of the private, historically black university did not ask him to withdraw. He has been teaching political science at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond since 1994.