Interim president at University of Rochester has immediate task

A longtime professor at the University of Rochester is now interim president, and tasked with immediately helping the institution respond to a report about sexual harassment allegations and the university’s subsequent response.

Rich Feldman will take over from Joel Seligman, who announced he would step down to give the university a fresh start. Seligman’s resignation is effective February 28.

That announcement came hours after an independent investigation determined Florian Jaeger, a professor in the Brain and Cognitive Sciences Department, didn’t violate university policy in place at the time of his actions. The report determined he did act inappropriately, and that the university should make changes to several policies.

Enter Feldman, who served as Dean of the college from 2006 through 2017. He first came to campus in 1975 as an assistant professor of philosophy. 

Feldman’s stint starts March 1, but he was tasked to lead the response to former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White’s report, and work with the board and university community at large on how best to move ahead.

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