George Burnett has resigned as president of the University of Phoenix amid an investigation of Westmont College, which he led previously, USA Today reported. Both institutions are for-profit.
At Westmont, the U.S. Education Department has already canceled $130 million in student loan debt tied to deceptive advertising.
A department investigation is looking at Burnett’s leadership of Westmont. Burnett could not be reached.
“Because Mr. Burnett believes this request could take some time to address, and not wanting to distract from the university’s mission of providing career-relevant higher education to working adults,” a Phoenix spokeswoman said. “He has stepped down as president and board member of the university, effective June 1, 2022.”