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Former GOP governor chosen as Michigan State's interim president

Former GOP governor chosen as Michigan State's interim president

Michigan State University trustees have named a hard-nosed former governor and alumnus as interim president as the school faces scathing criticism over its former sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

The Michigan Public Radio Network confirmed the choice today.

Engler was MI governor from 1990 through 2002.

Lou Anna Simon resigned from the position last week amid the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Nassar is a former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who was sentenced to prison last week for 40 to 175 years.

Meanwhile, the state's attorney general has opened an investigation into the school's handling of complaints against Mr. Nassar. In thanking Engler and former governor James Blanchard, who is also coming aboard in a senior role, trustee Joel Ferguson said the board was taking swift action. In her resignation statement, she said Michigan State officials did not cover up allegations against Nassar.

Former Michigan State rower Cate Hannum, who was treated by Nassar and wrote an open letter criticizing Simon's handling of the case nearly a year ago, said Hollis' departure gives her hope for the future of the school's athletic program.

ESPN's investigative report says there has been an institutional failure to respond to accusations of sexual abuse and violence within the larger athletic department, including by Izzo's men's basketball program and coach Mark Dantonio's football program, and the university as well. It should be noted that Mosallam, along with his seven other Board of Trustees counterparts, has been ordered to turn over all email and text communications regarding Nassar.

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"I'd like to speak", Berdy said, supplanting the person who was supposed to speak next. Some reports say it will be, on an interim basis, deputy athletics director Greg Ianni, who oversees the Spartans' athletic facilities and works toward the development of long-range plans for improving those sites.

"This is what I wish people understood", Tracy said about the ire her public comments created when she referenced this conversation.

Trustees angered students and members of the faculty attending the meeting with the unanimous vote, before anyone beyond the board had an opportunity to offer input on the selection.

"Not me, but I'm confident they will find a strong, clear leader".

It appears Engler will indeed be the interim president at MSU. As the Detroit News reports, 14 MSU employees had the chance to stop Nassar and failed.

Meanwhile, the board has invited an outside entity to investigate university policies and culture. She is especially interested in the litigation strategy that the board has adopted, in which it has attempted to have lawsuits brought against the university dismissed.

Engler said there are aspects of his post-politics career that have made him more prepared for leading MSU through this crisis.


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