Douglas M. Duncan, the former Montgomery County executive, resigned yesterday from his vice president's job at the University of Maryland to take a job with a private start-up company, the university said.
Duncan had served as vice president for administrative affairs for the past 17 months, at an annual salary of $255,000. Duncan will join CivicUS, a new firm that advises local governments on executive management, as a senior vice president.
The university said the resignation, effective Nov. 7, is not related to a recent dust-up in which Duncan had said he was forced to back out of a political forum at the direction of Gov. Martin O'Malley's office. Duncan later apologized and said he had misunderstood friendly advice from the university's lobbyist as a directive.