University of Michigan removes president after an alleged sexual affair with a school employee

4 months ago

University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel.

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The University of Michigan removed Mark Schlissel arsenic president aft an alleged intersexual matter and named erstwhile assemblage president Mary Sue Coleman arsenic interim president.

The determination comes aft the schoolhouse received an anonymous ailment astir Schlissel's "inappropriate relationship" with a assemblage employee. Officials said Schlissel, 63, besides utilized his assemblage email relationship to pass with the employee "in a mode inconsistent with the dignity and estimation of the University," members of the University of Michigan committee of regents wrote connected the school's website.

In addition, the assemblage released 118 pages of email exchanges "that exemplify this inappropriate conduct" and besides included the missive sent to Schlissel explaining the determination to region him.

In 1 of the emails, Schlissel referred to the worker arsenic "sexier" and past month, Schlissel told the individual, "You tin springiness maine a backstage briefing," astatine the Big Ten Championship game. The three-page letter ended informing Schlissel helium had 30 days to vacate the school's president's house. 

Schlissel's ouster comes months aft the Detroit Free Press reported hostility with committee members. Last October, Schlissel announced helium would resign from the assemblage successful June 2023.

Schlissel has been president astatine the schoolhouse since 2014 and had an yearly basal wage of $927,000, according to the Associated Press.

Coleman's clip arsenic interim president volition widen until astatine slightest this summertime erstwhile committee members could sanction a caller president. She led the University of Michigan from 2002-2014.

"While saddened by the circumstances, I americium honored to beryllium asked to again service the University of Michigan," she said successful a statement. "When I near the U-M field astatine the extremity of my presidency successful 2014, I said serving this large assemblage was the astir rewarding acquisition of my nonrecreational life. I'm blessed to service again successful this important interim role."