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MSU alumni director under Title IX investigation, to resign

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) -- Michigan State University's Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations is under a Title IX investigation and will step down in July, officials say.

A university spokesperson said the investigation into Scott Westerman started in February. She would not confirm why Westerman is under investigation, but said the university would release a statement soon.

The spokesperson said Westerman submitted his resignation Monday, and is effective July 31.

Westerman is a well-known figure at Michigan State university, serving as head of the university's Alumni Association. He's also seen at several university functions, and even appears in some commercials.

Westerman sent 6 News a statement he posted on his website, where he said he and his wife will be moving home to Florida. 

"With the conclusion of another school year, that time has come. I’ve reluctantly shared my intention to leave my role as the Executive Director of the MSU Alumni Association and will shortly be immersing myself again in the lives of those I love most," Westerman said in the statement.

According to the statement, Westerman has been the head of the MSU Alumni Association since January 2010.

Westerman released a second statement Tuesday:

"I was recently surprised to learn that I am the subject of an OIE inquiry. It covers a brief period near the start of my tenure, is not a police matter, and naturally, I am fully cooperating with with investigators. I won’t have further comment until their work is complete. With regard to our departure, we have been planning to return to Florida for some time. The inquiry was not a factor in that decision."

This is a developing story. Check back for further updates, and tune in to 6 News tonight for the latest information.


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