Pres. Fogel’s wife has controversial relationship, review underway

  An important professional relationship at UVM may have gone too far.   The Board of Trustees are investigating the relationship between President Daniel Mark Fogel’s wife, Rachel Kahn-Fogel, and Michael Shultz, associate vice president for development and alumni relations.   Kahn-Fogel sent sexually suggestive email messages to Shultz for more than six years, according to an article in Seven Days.   “From a fiduciary perspective the Board of Trustees takes its responsibilities and obligations very seriously,” Board Chair Robert Cioffi told Seven Days.   “While we respect privacy concerns, we must and will do what’s right for UVM,” Cioffi said.   Kahn-Fogel has also been ordered to step down from her role in planning development events at UVM, according to the Burlington Free Press.   President Fogel said that the allegations are deeply disturbing and revealed for the first time that his wife has been struggling with mental health conditions her whole life, according to an issued statement from the president’s office.   “I care deeply for my wife and hope we will be afforded the personal space necessary for us as we take the time to work through an ongoing course of treatment,” he said.