Fall to sideline interim MSU President for several days

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The acting president at Michigan State University will take several days off after he fell down and injured himself at a graduation ceremony.

The fall happened on Friday afternoon, sending Satish Udpa to the hospital.

Udpa became president in January, following the ousting of then-interim president John Engler.

It’s still not clear what caused Udpa to fall – whether he slipped or tripped or whether it was triggered by a health problem. A Friday tweet by the university referred Udpa having a “health incident”.

But in a new statement sent out Saturday, the university made no mention of any health issues. It only said that he’s resting after recovering from a fall. 

The statement also says he will take some time off in the coming week. 

It also asks for his “privacy to be respected”. Sparrow Hospital said it had no information to release about Udpa.

When 6 News asked if Udpa suffered a health concern that would affect his ability to perform his duties as president, a university spokesperson declined to comment further on his health, but did say Udpa would remain president until a replacement is selected.
MSU is in the midst of a search for a new president after the resignation of Lou Anna Simon in 2018. A timetable released by the university suggests that the Board of Trustees will make that selection in June.

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