ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) – The president of the University of Michigan announced on Tuesday that he would step down in June 2023, a year before his contract expires.
Mark Schlissel, 63, has been president of the school since 2014.
“This is the eighth year of my presidency and an important time to strategically consider the future of our university,” he said in an email to the university community.
“We are emerging from a historic global pandemic and we are adapting to new, ever-changing ways of working, learning and living, both as individuals and as a university,” Schlissel said , who has a base salary of $ 927,000 per year.
He said the university’s next priorities will require leadership “that spans the next decade and beyond.”
The announcement came two weeks after the Detroit Free Press, citing anonymous sources, reported that Schlissel’s relationship with the university’s board of trustees had eroded, particularly over communications about major projects.
For more than 18 months, the university has been plagued by a scandal involving a campus doctor accused of sexually assaulting hundreds of people over the decades. Robert Anderson died in 2006, long before Schlissel arrived, but lawyers still meet with a mediator and financial responsibility still hangs over the school.
Schlissel has been praised by the Regents for the Go Blue Guarantee, which offers free tuition to students from families with incomes below $ 65,000.
The university “has never been stronger and this is the result of President Schlissel’s strong and steadfast leadership during extraordinarily difficult times,” Board member Mark Bernstein said in a statement.
Schlissel was Dean of Brown University before moving to Michigan. His resignation plan was announced a day before his annual community leadership address.
The university’s Ann Arbor campus is Michigan’s most selective; nearly half of the 31,000 undergraduate students come from out of state. There are also campuses in Dearborn and Flint.
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