Heath Rushing was absent from the April 11 regular Board of Trustees meeting due to a death in his family, but Board President Keith Lapeze read Rushing’s letter of resignation.
“It is with mixed emotions that I resign from the Board of Trustees. Rushing explained that his career took an unexpected turn this February when he was asked to serve as CEO of the Memorial Hermann Cypress and Katy hospitals. Rushing continued: “While I didn’t fully understand at the time what this change meant for me and my family, it has become clear to me now that in order to meet my own professional expectations, relocation is required.”
In the statement, Rushing said that he had hoped to remain a trustee until the June 13 board meeting to help present a full budget, to complete his duties as finance committee chair. His relocation is preventing him from staying until June. “My wife and I are closing on our home in Kingwood as well as on our new house in Fulshear, Texas on Thursday April 13.” The Tribune previously reported that the Rushings received an offer on their Kingwood home on February 21, the same day it was listed, with a final offer accepted on March 3. As expected, the Rushings have negotiated a deal with their buyer and will remain in their Kingwood home until June 9 to allow their children to finish the school year in Humble ISD. Since a board member must reside in the district in which they serve, Rushing cannot stay a trustee for the June 13 meeting, and instead will have an effective resignation date of May 9, three days after the trustee election on May 6.
After the announcement, many reacted to the news on social media by stating that Rushing had waited too long to resign, and that the timing seemed meticulously planned rather than coincidental. Some admonished the current board for not forcing the issue sooner.