University of Michigan Board of Regents removed Dr. Mark Schlissel as President of the University of Michigan, effective immediately, after an alleged “inappropriate relationship.”
On December 8, 2021, the board received an anonymous complaint that Dr. Schlissel may have been involved in an inappropriate relationship with a University employee.
After an investigation, the board learned Dr. Schlissel, over a period of years, used his University email account to communicate with that subordinate in a manner inconsistent with the dignity and reputation of the University.
“As you know, the Regents received an anonymous complaint regarding an alleged sexual affair between you and a subordinate,” the board wrote in its letter to Schlissel informing him of his removal. “An investigation has revealed that your interactions with the subordinate were inconsistent with promoting the dignity and reputation of the University of Michigan.”
The letter from the board dated Saturday included excerpts of emails exchanged between Schlissel and the employee.
The employee wrote in a July 1, 2021, exchange that her “heart hurts,” according to the board which said Schlissel responded: “I know. mine too.” He continued: ”This is my fault” and that he was “in pain too.”
The board also wrote that on Jan. 9, 2021, the subordinate employee said, “Oh yes!” in an email to Schlissel. His response was “love it when you say that.”
Copies of emails with the name of the recipient’s name redacted were included in Saturday’s announcement on the school’s website.
Schlissel had a base salary of $927,000 a year. Last October, he announced he was stepping down in June of 2023, a year before his contract was set to expire.
The board named former U-M president Mary Sue Coleman as Interim President and has full confidence she will provide the leadership the University community needs during this critical time of transition.
Schlissel succeeded Coleman as president in January 2014.
The board will affirm these actions during its Feb. 17 formal session.