Anchorage, Alaska (AP) A former Alaska Heart Institu- tion director resigned Wednesday amid accusations of sexual harassment and a breach of ethics by the university, which has faced mounting criticism of its leadership.
The university said in a statement that the resignation was effective immediately.
The institution said it has terminated all relationships with James F. Clements, a former deputy director of the institute.
He was named interim director in February.
He had been the institute’s chief executive officer, responsible for managing the institute and its nonprofit affiliates.
Cules was also the associate director for the Alaska Heart Foundation, the state’s largest charitable organization.
The institute has been under scrutiny for several years after a number of female faculty members alleged they were sexually harassed by the institute or by employees.
Last year, the institute fired a woman who had been on a team with the former president of the Alaska heart institute, and Clements was fired from his post.
The statement said Clements also resigned as a director of a research center that works with children’s hospitals in the state.
It said Cules’ resignation was approved by the board of directors of the university and will be effective immediately, but he will remain on paid leave.
The allegations against Clements came in the form of a complaint filed by an unnamed female faculty member who alleged he sexually harassed her while she was an assistant professor at the institute in the late 1990s.
Cites that include sexual assault, retaliation, retaliation for reporting sexual harassment, retaliation against a former employee and retaliation against the institute director are the basis of the complaint.
Ciles was one of two people to be named in a lawsuit filed by the woman, and she was also a former associate dean of the school.
C.J. Stebbins was named as an expert witness for the institute, but the lawsuit also said the institute had failed to provide her with a full, fair and impartial review of its work, which he described as “the most extensive” in the country.
A spokeswoman for the university said Ciles resigned from his position at the time of the settlement with the woman and the institute “will work closely with the university to ensure that its leadership follows appropriate ethical practices.”
She said C. J. Stibbs had been with the institute for more than 30 years and had “done a fantastic job.”
“I am deeply saddened to see him depart,” said the spokeswoman, Katie R. Meehan.
“We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
She declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations, which were not publicly disclosed.
The woman who filed the lawsuit said she and several other women who worked at the heart institute said they were subjected to inappropriate sexual comments and touching by Clements.
The lawsuit says the institute failed to investigate its own allegations against the former director, which had not been verified, and it was not clear how the allegations came to light.
It alleged that the institute hired a former assistant professor of sociology to conduct a “sexual harassment training” course in 1994.
It was not immediately clear whether the institute would investigate whether any of the alleged victims worked for it at the same time.
It is unclear what happened to the former associate director.
The former assistant director had worked in the institute since 1994 and had been in charge of a department that handled the institute foundation’s fundraising efforts, including on behalf of children’s health centers and nursing homes.
She had been named interim associate director in January, after the former dean resigned.
Cates said the director was a respected colleague who had done an outstanding job for the institution.
“I know that I have a lot of respect for him and his integrity, and that’s why I am grateful that he left,” he said.
The alleged incident began in early 1994, when the institute first hired a researcher, who would later be named.
The researcher asked Cates for permission to discuss her private life with her supervisor.
Crates told the woman to not disclose the nature of her relationship with her boyfriend and told her that he was going to be a father.
“He was very adamant that I do not share that with anyone,” she said in an interview with The Associated Press.
The relationship began to change in April, when she and another woman told Cates they had an intimate relationship with Clements and had not told anyone about it, according to the lawsuit.
The other woman said she told her boss but he said he had not heard about it.
Cores alleged that he repeatedly made sexual comments to her.
He said he made unwanted sexual advances toward her and made inappropriate touching gestures, including by putting his hand on her backside, and he also made lewd comments, according.
She said she later told him she was pregnant, and after the pregnancy was confirmed, he sexually assaulted her, according, to the complaint in the case.
She was later allowed to go to a meeting with her boss, who did not object, according the lawsuit, but when she returned