University of Michigan Board votes to fire Mark Schlissel after investigation

University of Michigan Board votes to fire Mark Schlissel after investigation
Published: Jan. 15, 2022 at 7:10 PM EST
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WILX) - The University of Michigan Board of Regents has voted to remove Dr. Mark Schlissel as President of the University effective immediately following an investigation, the board announced Saturday evening.

The decision was made during a meeting Saturday morning, with no public vote.

Former U-M president Mary Sue Coleman will return to the university as the interim president, according to the board. Coleman was president from 2002 to 2014, and expect her to serve until a new university president is found.

Read: University of Michigan president Schlissel stepping down early

“While saddened by the circumstances, I am honored to be asked to again serve the University of Michigan,” said Coleman in a statement. “When I left the U-M campus at the end of my presidency in 2014, I said serving this great university was the most rewarding experience of my professional life. I’m happy to serve again in this important interim role.”

The board said they received an anonymous complaint on Dec. 8, 2021 that Schlissel may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a University employee. The board said Schlissel used his university email to communicate with the employee in “a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the University” for over a period of years.

“Each one of us, as members of the Board of Regents, aspire to create an environment where everyone in our community is able to thrive and achieve their best work, and where all feel safe and respected,” the board said in a statement. “We understand the decisions announced today are unexpected and this kind of abrupt change can be especially difficult. We take our constitutional role as a governing board seriously and we all agree that this decision is in the best interest of the University we care about so deeply.”

A termination letter addressed to Schlissel was posted online by the university.

More: U-M to resume in person classes Jan. 5, with added safety measures

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