John J. O’Connor, senior vice chancellor of the State University of New York and president of its Research Foundation, has resigned amid growing criticism of his conduct, The New York Times reports.
Mr. O’Connor had taken a voluntary leave of absence in May after the state ethics commission found “reasonable cause” to believe he had given a “no-show job” to the daughter of a former State Senate majority leader, Joseph Bruno. Mr. O’Connor maintained that the allegations were false and said he would use the time on leave to clear his name.
On Friday the university’s Board of Trustees, after reviewing an outside report on the foundation that was very critical of Mr. O’Connor’s conduct, voted unanimously to accept his resignation. A day earlier, two state agencies announced that they were investigating the foundation and its relationship to SUNY.