ROCHESTER, N.Y. — University of Rochester President and CEO Joel Seligman announced Thursday his resignation effective February 28.
The announcement came just hours after former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White released the findings of her independent investigation into alleged sexual harassment at the college by professor Florian Jaeger.
White's report cast a cloud of unethical judgement on Jaeger's sexual relationships with students and staff, but found nothing illegal.
In a statement, the school said Seligman submitted his resignation Thursday morning prior to White's findings being made public.
Seligman issued a letter to staff, saying in part:
"It is clear to me that the best interests of the University are best served with new leadership, and a fresh perspective to focus on healing our campus and moving us forward in a spirit of cooperation and unity."
The school says an interim president will be chosen prior to Seligman's departure.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (D) released a statement regarding the results of the U of R investigation, saying in part, "We must eliminate the scourge of sexual assault and harassment from all corners of our society. It was an outrage that this professor was allowed to take advantage of the uneven power that exists between faculty and students."
Slaughter went on to discuss the resignation of the university's president, saying "For more than a decade, Joel Seligman has helped transform the University of Rochester. I consider him a friend and Joel's impact on our community will be felt for many years to come."