University president fired for inappropriate relationship
Schlissel (64) was told of his termination in a letter from the board dated 15 January in which he was described as communicating extensively with the subordinate through his university email account using “inappropriate tone and inappropriate language”. The board released his termination letter describing examples of his interactions. It also posted on its website dozens of Schlissel’s email and text communications with the employee, who wasn’t identified, in what it called “the interest of full public disclosure”.
While allegations of affairs and sexual misconduct are commonplace in academia, they seldom ensnare university presidents. Michigan, located in Ann Arbor, is one of the most highly regarded public universities in the United States. The Big Ten institution said that Schlissel’s actions were “inconsistent with promoting the dignity and reputation of the university”.
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