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PSU president Dr. Shoureshi has resigned amid alleged ethical issues

Portland State University President Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi has resigned.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland State University President Dr. Rahmat Shoureshi has resigned.

On Monday, Stephen Percy, PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs Dean, was announced as acting president until an interim president is appointed.

Our news partners at Oregon Live/ The Oregonian reported ethical issues and alleged staff mistreatment while Shoureshi was president.

According to the Oregonian, Shoureshi also made, "lavish demands of the financially strapped institution while its students faced steep tuition hikes."

Though the resignation announcement makes no such mention of any issues.

Portland State University senior, Hanna Mueller wasn't surprised.

“I'm honestly not surprised at this point because of everything that's come out about him,” she said.

Shoureshi’s resignation is effective Dec. 14 and he will be paid on administrative leave until that date, according to PSU.

"I look forward to leading PSU during this transitional period as we sustain our commitment to core values that include providing Oregonians with affordable and quality education, conducting research that creates knowledge relevant to Portland and beyond, and producing quality graduates for our workforce," Percy said. "PSU will continue the momentum on important initiatives that enable our university to advance the state and community. I will work diligently to make this leadership transition successful."

Board Vice Chair Greg Hinckley said Dr. Shoureshi’s initiatives will continue.

“We are grateful to Dr. Shoureshi’s service to PSU the past 21 months,” Board of Trustees Chair Gale Castillo said. “We wish him the best and look forward to continuing the work that he started.”

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