Pacific University says VP Mike Mallery has resigned
Mike Mallery, Pacific University's vice president for finance and administration, resigned from the university last week for personal reasons, said a university spokesman Thursday, March 8.
Mallery had served in the university administration since summer 2010. Joe Lang, the university's director of media relations, said he resigned "for personal reasons related to health and family matters."
During Mallery's time as vice president, Pacific University and the rest of the region navigated out of the depths of the Great Recession.
In Janaury 2014, Mallery was arrested and charged with the sexual abuse of two underage family members. But jurors that March found Mallery not guilty of all charges. The defense in the case argued that Mallery's ex-wife had manipulated the alleged victims into testifying that Mallery had inappropriately touched them amid a bitter divorce and child custody dispute.
University President Lesley Hallick publicly stood by Mallery following his acquittal, and Mallery returned to work later that spring.
Lang said Mallery has left campus but will continue to assist with the transition. Hallick has assumed his duties for the time being, he added.
A search committee will be formed to find a permanent successor for Mallery, Lang said.
By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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