Michigan State Board of Trustees set to appoint interim president

EAST LANSING — The Michigan State University board of trustees will hold a special meeting Monday to consider the appointment of an interim president.

The meeting will be held at noon in the board room of the Hannah Administration Building on the fourth floor at 426 Auditorium Road, according to an MSU notice issued Sunday.

Earlier this month, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. resigned, saying he had lost faith in the board, some of which pushed him into early retirement over concerns regarding how Title IX issues were being handled.

Stanley became MSU’s first permanent president since Lou Anna Simon stepped down in January 2018 amid criticism over the school’s handling of complaints against Larry Nassar, who is serving an effective life sentence. He sexually abused hundreds of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

The board last met on Friday, when Republican Administrator Pat O’Keefe lashed out at the school’s faculty, blaming them for negative headlines in the years following the Nassar scandal. and accusing them of being promiscuous with the students.

Pat O'Keefe, candidate for the position of administrator of the MSU

“To the faculty and to the senate, I want you to know that I am tired of reading about the sexual transgressions of the faculty, which resembles the reading of ’50 Shades of Grey’ and is as long as ‘Gone With the Wind’ , without knowing what the results of such behavior are,” O’Keefe said. or no repercussions in some cases.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina told the Lansing State Journal in October that she was willing to fill the role of interim president. She also hasn’t ruled out the possibility of becoming MSU’s next permanent president.

Aquilina is the judge who told Nassar, “I just signed your death warrant,” as she sentenced him to decades in prison.

Stanley is the third MSU president to be expelled or leave the university since the Nassar scandal. After Simon was kicked out in January 2018, John Engler, a former governor of Michigan, was named interim president. He resigned after being criticized for his handling of the Nassar fallout, including making insensitive comments about Nassar survivors.

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees elected Samuel Stanley Jr. as the university's new president on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. He is a physician and served as president of Stony Brook University in New York .

Administrators have opened investigations into the resignation of former Broad College of Business dean Sanjay Gupta this summer, as well as the Stanley administration’s handling of Title IX report certification with the state. . Provost Teresa Woodruff pushed Gupta over allegations he knew about but failed to report an incident of alleged sexual misconduct, and Stanley backed her up. The board has hired legal counsel to investigate the administration’s handling of Gupta’s departure.

The MSU Faculty Senate, Academic Congress, University Council, and MSU Student Associates are among groups that have approved votes of no confidence in the board of trustees in recent weeks during investigations.

People attending Monday’s meeting are not allowed to bring signs into the boardroom as they block the view of other attendees and can become security risks in a crowded room. Participants who bring signs will be asked to leave them in the lobby until the end of the meeting, according to the notice.

A live stream of the meeting will be available at https://trustees.msu.edu/.

Contact Bryce Airgood at 517-267-0448 or bairgood@lsj.com. Follow her on Twitter @bairgood123.

Flanked by the Board of Trustees and members of the Presidential Search Committee, Michigan State University's incoming President Samuel Stanley Jr. addresses the press Tuesday, May 28, 2019.

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