Schlissel’s relationship with Michigan board could be at a ‘boiling point’

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Tensions between the University of Michigan Board of Regents and President Mark Schlissel “have been building up for over a year and may have reached a boiling point this summer,” Detroit Free Press reported.

The unease in the relationship began around Schlissel’s handling of the case of Martin Philbert, the former rector with a long history of sexual misconduct at university. Tensions have grown over the university’s new project in downtown Detroit, the Detroit Center for Innovation. “The board learned that Schlissel had kept them in the dark for months as he spoke with the university’s main donor about the troubled project, according to several administrative sources who requested anonymity because ‘they were not allowed to speak to the media, “the Free press reported.

A board member, Mark Bernstein, was only regent to be cited for the article (the rest refused). He said: “The relationship between the Board of Regents and the President of the University of Michigan is of critical importance to the well-being of the institution. While I will not be discussing the private conversations I have had with board members, I will tell you how proud we are of our significant accomplishments during one of the most stressful times imaginable. In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, these achievements are a testament to what we have done for the university by working effectively together. “

The article identified Bernstein and another regent as supporting Schlissel. The article says that four regents are more critical.


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