BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts’ chief advocate for the deaf has been placed on leave after acknowledging he was a member of a now-suspended college fraternity known for wearing robes resembling those of the Ku Klux Klan and making Nazi-like salutes.

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration said Thursday that Steven Florio, the commissioner of the state’s Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, will remain on paid leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Florio recently acknowledged to staff members that he was a member of Kappa Gamma Fraternity. Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. suspended the frat last month.