An Ohio State University trustee resigned last week, saying it would be "hypocritical" of him to continue after he fundamentally disagreed with the board's decision to suspend head football coach Urban Meyer for three games.

In a resignation email dated 9:54 p.m. on Aug. 22, less than an hour after the Meyer decision was announced, Jeffrey Wadsworth said he heard enough in the meeting that he did not "want to be a party, through endorsing today's decision or remaining on the board, to implicitly or explicitly support current or future action on such issues."

In an email sent a few minutes earlier to Ohio State President Dr. Michael V. Drake and board chairman Michael Gasser, alerting them of the upcoming resignation notice, Wadsworth wrote: "I want to be very clear that this is exclusively based on the decisions made today."

Wadsworth also noted in his resignation that he " thinks the world" of Ohio State and its staff, faculty and students. "It is a wonderful institution — and may it long remain so."

Wadsworth could not be reached at home by The Dispatch for comment.  He told the New York Times on Thursday that he was the ‘‘lone voice’’ of dissent in advocating for a harsher punishment of Meyer.

‘‘I didn’t feel that I’d seen high-integrity behavior" from Meyer, Wadsworth told the Times.

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Ohio State released a statement Thursday on Wadsworth's departure: "The president and the Board of Trustees had a frank and comprehensive discussion last week. A wide variety of perspectives were expressed in reaching a consensus. Mr. Wadsworth has been an exceptionally valuable member of the board. His service to the university is deeply appreciated, and we wish him the very best."

Wadsworth, former chief executive of Battelle Memorial Institute, would not talk details with the Times about the all-day meeting that led to both Meyer and athletic director Gene Smith being suspended for their handling of domestic violence allegations against former Ohio State assistant coach Zach Smith.

Meyer is suspended without pay through Sunday, including this Saturday's season-opener against Oregon State. He also cannot coach on game days on Sept. 8 (Rutgers) and Sept. 15 (at TCU), but will be able to direct practices after Sunday.

Gene Smith is suspended without pay from Friday through Sept. 16. During his suspension, Executive Associate Athletics Director Diana Sabau and Deputy Director of Athletics Janine Oman will fill the void at the top. Sabau specifically will be responsible for the football program, university spokesman Chris Davey told The Dispatch.

‘‘Most people were concerned about whether it was a several-game suspension or not" for Meyer, Wadsworth said. ‘‘To me, ‘there was something altogether wrong about reducing it to a couple of games.’’

An investigative report released after the trustees' decision was announced detailed a long list of bad behavior by former assistant coach Zach Smith, who was fired July 23 after his ex-wife Courtney, who had accused him of abuse, filed for a protection order. The report also detailed the fact that Meyer knew about some of the behavior and had threatened to fire Smith several times but didn't.

Wadsworth told the Times that he left the meeting a few hours after lunch. ‘‘It became clear to me where we were, discussing penalties, and I wasn’t ready to do that,’’ he said, explaining his early departure. ‘‘I was in a different place.’’

The Board of Trustees met Thursday for regularly-scheduled meetings.

Outside of an executive session Thursday afternoon, board chairman Gasser and a number of other trustees declined to comment on Wadsworth's resignation.

"We're sorry to lose him," trustee James Klingbeil said, praising Wadsworth's leadership and background on the board.

"We had 20 people, all kinds of opinions. I think he does feel that way," Klingbeil said of the report that Wadsworth felt Meyer's punishment was too light. "I don't know whether that had anything to do with his resignation or not."

"We'll miss him," Klingbeil added.

Board vice-chair Timothy Smucker and trustee Clark Kellogg said they didn't have comments on Wadsworth's resignation or the reported reasons behind it, but praised his work on the board.

"He provided great value to our board," Kellogg said. "I have a lot of respect for what he brought to our group."

Wadsworth was appointed to the board in 2010 by then-Gov. Ted Strickland. His term was set to expire in May 2019.  He retired from Battelle in September 2017, and had previously worked at Stanford University,  Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, and the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California, according to his trustee biography.

"He's just a great guy," Smucker said of Wadsworth. "We thank him for all he's done. He's a wonderful person, (I have) great respect for him ... he made a huge impact here."

The board is scheduled for a full board meeting Friday.

In other developments Thursday, Urban Meyer’s lead attorney in the investigation that led to his suspension said Meyer did not delete text messages or alter the settings on his cellphone after learning of reports of abuse allegations against Zach Smith.

“He did not delete any text messages, he did not delete at all,” attorney Karen A. Popp said.

Ohio State’s 23-page report on its investigation of whether Meyer properly responded to the allegations said chief of football operations Brian Voltolini approached Meyer on the practice field on Aug. 1, the day Brett McMurphy first reported Courtney Smith’s allegations against her ex-husband.

The two discussed in general whether the media could gain access to Meyer’s cellphone and specifically how to adjust the settings so that texts older than one year could be deleted. The report could not determine whether Meyer’s cellphone had been scrubbed, but noted it was set to retain messages only for one year.

Dispatch reporter Tim May contributed to this report. Information from the New York Times News Service was used in this story.