Within days of that report Debbie Branson announced a reorganization of the senior staff.
While it's unknown if Dr. Royer's departure is directly related to the A&M report, he has come under fire for taking action without board approval. The board's very public rebuke of his pick for chief implementation officer left many questioning if Royer had board support for the task at hand.
A national search is under way for a permanent CEO, but Smith is not expected to be a candidate for the position. According to the press release announcing his appointment, Smith will "serve as interim CEO until a permanent leader is named."