Wednesday, May 12, 2021 9:10 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — Mike Polisky has resigned as Northwestern’s athletic director amid mounting criticism following his promotion last week to replace Jim Phillips. Polisky says in a statement he is stepping down as AD and leaving the school after 11 years because “current challenges will not allow me to effectively lead our department.” Polisky is one of four defendants along with the university in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed in January by a former Northwestern cheerleader who said she was groped by drunken fans and alumni at school-sanctioned events and administrators tried to cover up her complaints, according to the Chicago Tribune. President Morton Schapiro announced linguistics professor Robert Gundlach will serve as interim AD.