UPDATE: Erica Arbetter, public relations chairwoman for the SGA Executive Board, said in an e-mail that no one on the board had suggested to Kressel that he step down. “In fact it was quite the opposite,” she wrote. “Ross came to this conclusion on his own, and we have to be supportive of that. We are respecting Ross’ decision and focusing on moving forward.”

A month and a half after surviving a near-impeachment, Ross Kressel stepped down as president of the College of Charleston’s Student Government Association on Tuesday. No one — including Kressel himself — has given a reason for his resignation.

Reached by phone, Kressel said, “I’m not doing any interviews about that.” He told the Post and Courier to take a look at the SGA blog, which provided little more than a glowing review of his leadership and a brief resumé for his replacement, Vice President Elliott Wright.

Kressel came under fire in September for a series of messages he allegedly posted to his personal Twitter account that disparaged women, minorities, and fellow members of the Executive Board. He received a Vote of No Confidence from his peers at a Sept. 13 SGA meeting, but he remained in office after a second vote for impeachment came up short.

At the time, Kressel expressed a desire to continue business as usual. Luca Gattoni-Celli, a senior economics major who spoke in favor of impeachment at the meeting, says he and Kressel have made amends. The SGA got back to its regular meetings and passed a resolution asking the city for an exception to skateboarding prohibitions on campus.

So why the departure from office after the dust had seemingly settled? For now, there are only theories. Members of student government and college officials have not responded yet to e-mail requests for comment.

The George Street Observer, the student newspaper at the college, reports that SGA members appeared surprised when he announced his resignation at a Tuesday night meeting.

Perhaps the resignation was the result of a bit of soul-searching on Kressel’s part. In his brief speech during the impeachment hearing, he quoted Socrates, saying, “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

According to SGA bylaws, Wright will take over as president and appoint a new vice president.