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FILE – In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel speaks during a ceremony at the university, in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Schlissel was removed as president of the University of Michigan over the alleged “inappropriate relationship”. with a University employee,” the school said Saturday, January 15, 2022 on its website. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Mark Schlissel has been removed as president of the University of Michigan over an alleged “inappropriate relationship with a university employee,” the school said Saturday on its website.

The removal was effective “immediately,” the University of Michigan Board of Regents said, adding that members learned of the relationship on December 8, 2021 from an anonymous complaint and an investigation found that “over the 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”.

“As you know, the Regents have received an anonymous complaint regarding an alleged sexual affair between you and a subordinate,” the council wrote in its letter to Schlissel informing him of his withdrawal. “An investigation has revealed that your interactions with the subordinate were inconsistent with promoting the dignity and reputation of the University of Michigan.”

The Associated Press emailed Schlissel University’s email address Saturday night seeking his comment, but it was unclear whether he had more inbox access.

The board letter 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 replied, “I know. mine too.” He continued, “It’s my fault” and that he was in pain “too”.

The board also wrote that on January 9, 2021, the junior employee said, “Oh yeah!” in an email to Schlissel. His response was “I love it when you say that”.

Copies of the emails with the recipient’s name redacted were included in Saturday’s announcement on the school’s website. One dated Jan. 12 concerned an August 2019 New Yorker article titled “Sexual Fantasies of Everyday New Yorkers.”

Schlissel had a base salary of $927,000 per year. He announced last October that he would step down in June 2023, a year before his contract expires.

Former University of Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman has been named interim president. Schlissel’s withdrawal and Coleman’s appointment will be confirmed at the official council session on February 17.

Schlissel succeeded Coleman as president in January 2014. He had served as provost at Brown University.

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Williams reported from West Bloomfield, Michigan.

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