A vice president at Western Michigan University has resigned from his leadership position after an investigation that found evidence of sexual harassment.
The investigation into Timothy (Tim) Terrentine, former vice president of development and alumni relations began after a complaint was filed on May 24, according to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) files obtained by the Western Herald.
The University’s Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) sent Terrentine a letter on June 29 detailing their findings related to alleged allegations under WMU’s Sexual and Gender Based Harassment and Violence, Intimate Partner Violence and Stalking Policy.
After reviewing evidence, the University “concluded that there is sufficient evidence to support a finding of responsible for Sexual Harassment,” said the OIE report.
The harassment did not involve any students or minors, according to WWMT NewsChannel 3.
Terrentine has since resigned, and the University has launched a nationwide search to find his replacement, according to a July 9 WMU News release.
Terrentine’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have been deleted, though the former vice president frequented the latter platform. His account was tagged by other Twitter users as recently as June 20.
His profile on LinkedIn, where he is still listed as a WMU employee, remains active. Terrentine has not responded to a Western Herald request for comment.
Terrentine began at the University on Aug. 22, 2016, after serving as an executive vice president at economic development organization Southwest Michigan First, according to personnel files.
Terrentine earned a yearly salary of $275,000. A settlement agreement signed by Terrentine and President Montgomery showed a lump payment of $71,528 from the University, and continued health benefits until Oct. 1.
In his resignation letter, Terrentine thanked the University for the opportunity to serve his alma mater.
“I look forward to cheering you and the University family on as I pursue new professional and personal opportunities for positive impact,” he wrote.
Renee Pearl, current director of engagement, will serve as the interim vice president as the University conducts a search for Terrentine’s replacement.
University Relations declined to comment on Terrentine’s resignation, but said that the search to replace him is in its “very early stages.”