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Former University of Michigan official to retire from faculty amid probe

U-M provost Martin A. Philbert speaks in 2014.
U-M provost Martin A. Philbert speaks in 2014. (University of Michigan)

ANN ARBOR – The former chief academic officer at the University of Michigan, who was removed during a sexual misconduct investigation, said he’s retiring from the faculty at the end of June.

Martin Philbert was fired as provost in March, weeks after being placed on leave. But he remained on the payroll as a faculty member with tenure protection.

Philbert disclosed his retirement in a June 7 letter to President Mark Schlissel, the university said.

The university has said the sexual misconduct allegations against Philbert don’t involve students. Philbert hasn’t made any public statements.

He joined the university in 1995 as a toxicology professor and eventually became dean of the School of Public Health. Philbert was appointed provost in 2017 and was paid $570,000 a year.

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