WASHINGTON (AP) _ American University Provost Milton Greenberg told students, faculty and staff members today that the school is ″sad, baffled and worried″ by the controversy that led to the president’s resignation.
Greenberg spoke a day after the former president, Richard Berendzen, apologized for the events that led to his resignation and acknowledged he is undergoing ″intense, difficult and mentally painful″ treatment.
″We won’t pretend now that we are not sad, baffled and worried,″ Greenberg told today’s campus gathering.
But Greenberg stressed, ″This is a time for Dr. Berendzen to heal. And that is a good thing. It is a time for us to breathe and that is appropriate. And then we move on, building on our strength, and that is appropriate.″
Berendzen was forced to resign in early April during an investigation of obscene phone calls. He released an apology Thursday through is attorney, Gerard F. Treanor Jr.
″Since shortly after my resignation, I have been undergoing treatment for illness,″ said Berendzen in the statement. ″It is, of necessity, a slow course of therapy and counseling. However, I know I am benefiting from it, and I am determined, with medical hed mentally painful.″
″I deeply regret the pain that my resignation, and the events surrounding it, have caused the university and the District of Columbia communities, both of which I love,″ Berendzen said.
″I sincerely regret any anguish to others resulting from this entire situation.″
After reading the statement, Treanor refused to answer questions.
Berendzen was forced to resign when he became the subject of an investigation based on what authorities said were complaints to cannot begin to convey my embarrassment, or my torment,″ said Berendzen’s statement. ″I can only express my deepest thanks for the expressions of support I have received from family and friends, from the exceptional staff at Johns Hopkins, and from members of the American University community - most of all the students. They have all given me strength at a time when, obviously, I need it most.″
Berendzen, a former astronomy professor with degrees from MIT and Harvard, came to American Univers and obstruction of justice.