Daniel Fogel is leaving the University of Vermont, but not at the time of his original choosing.
This summer, he had intended to be part of a 16-month victory lap of sorts that began with his late March announcement that he would retire as president midyear 2012. He talked then of winding down his chapter as the university’s leader before turning to teaching at UVM in 2013.
Instead, university leadership has spent recent months untangling issues raised by an inappropriate relationship between Fogel’s wife, Rachel Kahn-Fogel, and an associate vice president for development, Michael Schultz.
Fogel faced the difficult task in late May of telling the world that his wife is coping with mental health issues, even as UVM’s Board of Trustees barred her from further involvement in fundraising activities and launched three separate reviews of possible academic, financial and ethical issues related to the relationship.
Soon after, university trustees began meeting in closed-door sessions to discuss “a public officer and contracts.” Then on Tuesday, administration officials began calling assorted political, business and other leaders to inform them privately, in advance, about Fogel’s pending departure. Fogel’s resignation is expected to take effect at the end of this month..