From the Morning Memo:

University of Rochester President Joel Seligman has announced his resignation effective Feb. 28.  The news came just hours after former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White released the findings of her independent investigation into alleged sexual harassment at the college by Prof. Florian Jaeger.

White’s report cast a cloud of unethical judgement on Jaeger’s sexual relationships with students and staff, but found nothing illegal.

In a statement, the school said Seligman submitted his resignation yesterday morning, prior to White’s findings being made public.

“It is clear to me that the best interests of the University are best served with new leadership, and a fresh perspective to focus on healing our campus and moving us forward in a spirit of cooperation and unity,” Seligman wrote in a letter to staff.

Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce President and former Lieutenant Governor Bob Duffy applauded the president’s “courageous” decision, saying he put the community and the university first. He said no university leader has done more for the community.

“He has broken down walls and created outreach opportunities from education to economic development, impacting almost every area of the fabric of life in the City of Rochester,” Duffy said. “Joel has been a friend and a colleague for many years.”

“President Seligman has had a profound effect on our local and regional economy as the leader of our largest employer and formerly as co-chair of the Finger Lakes Regional Economic Development Council. I wish him and the U of R the best as they move forward.”

Rep. Louise Slaughter also praised Seligman for his leadership, but went on to say she has serious concerns about White’s report. She said college officials need to take better steps to protect students.

“We must eliminate the scourge of sexual assault and harassment from all corners of our society,” Slaughter said. “It was an outrage that this professor was allowed to take advantage of the uneven power that exists between faculty and students. This is the same dynamic that universities and workplaces are grappling with across the nation.”

The school said an interim president will be chosen prior to Seligman’s departure. Jaeger’s accusers said the report hasn’t provided them any justice or relief, and they plan to purse additional legal action.