A bombshell report from CNN revealed that Nichols College president Glenn Sulmasy sent hundreds of sexually suggestive text messages to a student while he was at the Coast Guard Academy.
The messages were so frequent and intimate that prosecutors considered bringing charges against him in military court in 2016, shortly after he retired from the Coast Guard Academy, CNN reported, noting that officials were worried failure to act would draw scrutiny from Congress.
The case, however, never moved forward.
CNN reported that a Coast Guard investigation probing issues of sexual assault at the academy turned up more than 1,600 text messages between Sulmasy and a female student, which were sexually suggestive or flirtatious. Sulmasy appeared to offer good grades and show favoritism for engaging in sexual banter, according to a Coast Guard memo obtained by the news network. (Sulmasy is married and has seven children, according to details in a Nichols College news release announcing his hire.)
CNN previously reported that Sulmasy had allegedly discouraged a female officer from pursuing rape allegations and suggested she focus instead on graduating, though Sulmasy and another lawyer denied that claim.
Sulmasy was a law professor and led the humanities department at the Coast Guard Academy before retiring in 2015. He was hired as president of Nichols College in 2021. He is currently on voluntary leave amid the investigation into his actions at the Coast Guard Academy.
Asked for comment, a Nichols College spokesperson responded by email: “We have no further statement but will have a response once our investigation is completed.”