YPSILANTI, Mich., July 11 (UPI) -- The regents of Eastern Michigan University have warned school President Sue Martin she must get her drinking under control, a letter released this week said.
Martin released the letter after the Detroit Free Press obtained a copy of her personnel file, using a Freedom of Information Act request. The letter was written in May, a few weeks after Martin got into an argument in a Washington bar with the head of the EMU alumni chapter in the city.
"You must deal with this issue immediately," the executive committee said in the letter. "If there are any other incidents, you will leave us no alternative but to recommend to the board that your employment be terminated."
Martin denies having a drinking problem, The Detroit News reported. She acknowledged one ticket for drunken driving in 2005 but says that is the only instance on her record.
Martin's two predecessors left EMU under pressure. John Fallon left in 2007 after the university tried to cover up a rape-homicide in a dorm and Samuel Kirkpatrick quit in 2004 after spending $6 million refurbishing the president's house.
"My friends and I are shocked by this," Meredith Washington, an alumnus, told the Free Press. "She was doing such a good job of helping EMU grow and move on from all the problems the previous guys had. I hope this is just an isolated event. It would be horrible to have another scandal there."