PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Rahmat Shoureshi, the embattled president of Portland State University, resigned Friday, but will get $800,080 over the next 15 months.
Shoureshi will be on paid administrative leave until his resignation takes effect on Dec. 14. University officials said he will not be on campus and will have no duties.
His resignation comes less than a week after the board of trustees held an emergency meeting to discuss Shoureshi’s position and whether to fire him.
Shoureshi had been president at the university for less than 2 years but during that time, he was accused of not being honest with the board of trustees, deleting emails that are public record and not treating his staff with respect.
The board gave Shoureshi the option to resign in the fall of 2018 but he declined. As Shoureshi was in the middle of a 5-year contract, firing him could have cost the university hundreds of thousands of dollars in severance pay.
“We are grateful for Dr. Shoureshi’s service to PSU the past 21 months,” Board of Trustees Chair Gale Castillo said Friday in a statement. “We wish him the best and look forward to continuing the work that he started.”
The PSU Board of Trustees is expected to name PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs Dean Stephen Percy as acting president until an interim president is appointed. A nationwide search for a new university president will begin.