The previous president of Florida Worldwide College in Miami revealed the explanations for his sudden resignation final week: He mentioned that he had “brought on discomfort for a valued worker.”
In a newly launched assertion on Sunday, the previous president, Mark B. Rosenberg, mentioned that caring for his spouse, who has superior dementia and diabetes, damage his personal psychological well being.
“Regrettably, these points spilled over to my work,” he wrote, including, “I unintentionally created emotional (not bodily) entanglement.”
It’s the second high-profile exit this month of a college president. College of Michigan fired its president, Mark S. Schlissel, on Jan. 16, after it realized he had a relationship with a subordinate “inconsistent with the dignity and status of the college,” in response to the college’s Board of Regents.
Mr. Rosenberg’s abrupt resignation on Friday after 13 years within the job got here as a shock. In an emergency assembly, the college’s board of trustees appointed Kenneth Jessel, the chief monetary officer, as its interim president.
In a quick resignation letter despatched out the identical day, Mr. Rosenberg, 72, merely cited his personal “private well being points,” in addition to his spouse’s worsening bodily well being.
“I’m stepping again in order that I’ll give full consideration to recurring private well being points and to the deteriorating well being of my spouse, Rosalie,” Mr. Rosenberg wrote.
The brand new assertion was launched by Dean C. Colson, the chairman of the college’s board of trustees. “We’re deeply saddened and upset by the occasions requiring his resignation,” Mr. Colson wrote, including that the college “stays dedicated to imposing its insurance policies completely and swiftly.”
A spokeswoman for the college declined to remark additional.
However in response to two folks near the administration, the investigation started round mid-December when a younger feminine worker advised one other colleague about Dr. Rosenberg’s inappropriate habits. The college employed an outdoor lawyer, Eric D. Isicoff, to research. That investigation is ongoing.
Final week, the lady sat down for an interview, and the counsel obtained textual content messages displaying communications between her and Dr. Rosenberg. The investigation led Dr. Rosenberg to resign on Friday.
The college, one of many largest universities within the nation, should examine all sexual harassment complaints, however in response to its policies, F.I.U. officers can use their very own discretion to search out an “casual decision” with an worker, earlier than any disciplinary actions are taken.
Mr. Rosenberg started his profession on the public analysis college, which employed him in 1976 to show political science. He steadily rose up the ranks, ultimately main the college’s educational affairs division. After a stint as chancellor for the state’s college system, he returned to F.I.U. in 2009 as its fifth president.
Throughout Mr. Rosenberg’s tenure, a pedestrian bridge collapsed on high of the commuter school’s campus in 2018. No less than six folks died.
In December, Mr. Rosenberg told The Miami Herald that he had no instant plans to retire.
“Sooner or later I’ll step down, and we’ll get a brand new president, and I might anticipate them to select up the place I left off,” he mentioned.
On Sunday, Mr. Rosenberg mentioned that he had not deliberate to hunt one other time period. He referred to as his successor “the proper individual at this second” for the college.
“I remorse that I’ll have burdened you with these particulars,” Mr. Rosenberg mentioned within the assertion. “I apologize. I take full duty and remorse my actions.”