Michael Hoad, who spent 25 years at the
university, resigned effective last Friday from his position as an associate vice president of
communications at USF Health. He had resigned from his other position, as vice president of
communications for the university, in September.
An internal investigation last October concluded Hoad made a series of inappropriate remarks in
2012. Some examples:
to his female student assistants “all the girls he dated in college and discussed his sex
After a suggestion
was made in a staff meeting about starting a blog called “Between the Lines” during the
Republican National Convention, he joked it should be called “Between the Sheets” and
written by a female staffer.
texted female interns after hours and posted one woman’s photo on his computer.
Hoad appealed the report’s findings last
November, writing that some allegations were overstated and taken out of context. He said the
investigator did not take into account mitigating factors, including his recent
illness. ”While there were instances of unprofessional behavior for which I’m
deeply sorry … there was no sustained discrimination based on
gender,” Hoad wrote.
December, his appeal was denied by the senior vice provost for academic affairs, M. Dwayne Smith.
On Jan. 3, Hoad submitted a brief note to USF President Judy Genshaft and other top leaders,
saying he would resign from USF effective Feb. 1 “to develop a new career strategy and look
On Monday, Hoad told
the Tampa Bay Times that he could not go into details about the allegations because doing so might
inadvertently identify the women who complained about his
behavior. He said the time in which he made the remarks — spring and summer of 2012
— was particularly stressful as he dealt with a serious heart condition and led the
communications effort during state budget cuts.
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