Posted : Jan 17 01:33 AM
University of Michigan fires president, citing inappropriate relationship
The University of Michigan's board fired its president Saturday, citing an investigation into an inappropriate relationship with an employee and releasing communications sent from his university email.
The Board of Regents terminated President Mark Schlissel after the school investigated an anonymous complaint that was made last month. Schlissel used his email account to communicate with a subordinate "in a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the University," the board said.
"Your conduct as summarized above is particularly egregious considering your knowledge of and involvement in addressing incidents of harassment by University of Michigan personnel, and your declared commitment to work to 'free' the University community of sexual harassment or other improper conduct," the board said in its dismissal letter, which was addressed to Schlissel.
The board named a former university president, Mary Sue Coleman, to replace Schlissel temporarily until a proper search for a new leader can take place. Schlissel did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment Sunday.
Along with its announcement, the board published 118 pages of email communications between Schlissel and the unidentified employee dating as far back as September 2019.
In a 2019 email, Schlissel emailed his subordinate a copy of an article in The New Yorker titled "Sexual Fantasies of Everyday New Yorkers."