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The University of Michigan board of trustees voted Saturday morning to remove Mark Schlissel as president of the University of Michigan, effective immediately. The board has named former UM president Mary Sue Coleman as interim president.

The University of Michigan board of trustees voted Saturday morning to remove Mark Schlissel as president of the University of Michigan, effective immediately. The board has named former UM president Mary Sue Coleman as interim president.

The vote comes after an investigation into whether Schlissel had an inappropriate relationship with a university employee. The investigation found that over a period of years, Schlissel had used his university email account to communicate with this subordinate “in a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the university”. Regents said members learned of the relationship through an anonymous complaint in December 2021.

The university has released dozens of emails that illustrate the inappropriate conduct, as well as the letter sent to Schlissel explaining Regents’ decision.

In the letter, the Regents write: “Paragraph IB of your agreement clearly states that ‘(your) conduct and behavior must at all times be consistent with the promotion of the dignity, reputation and academic excellence of the ‘University’. The Regents claim that the facts uncovered in the investigation show that Schlissel materially violated this obligation.

Former UM President Mary Sue Coleman said in a written statement, “Although saddened by the circumstances, I am honored to be asked to serve the University of Michigan again. When I left the UM campus at the end of my presidency in 2014, I declared that serving this great university was the most rewarding experience of my professional life. I am pleased to serve again in this important interim role.

Schlissel became president of the university in 2014. He had planned to step down in 2023.

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  • Vincent Duffy has served as Michigan Radio‘s news director since May 2007. During his years as head of Michigan Radio’s newsroom, the news team has won numerous national, regional and state awards, including Murrow award, Sigma Delta Chi awards, a duPont award and others. .

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