Embattled Michigan State University interim president John Engler will resign.
A member of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees says the school’s interim President John Engler will resign amid enduring public backlash over his comments about the sexual assault victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Joel Ferguson told The Associated Press that board members expect to receive a letter Wednesday providing details of Engler’s resignation, including its effective date. He added: “Yes, John is going to resign.”
Earlier today members of the MSU Board of Trustees had issued an ultimatum to Engler that he had to either resign today or be fired at an emergency board meeting Thursday morning.
Engler was under pressure following an editorial board meeting with the Detroit News, where Engler said that some Nassar survivors were “enjoying the spotlight” while the university is “trying to go back to work.”
The MSU Dean’s Council sent a letter to the Trustees today urging members to take action concerning Engler.
When word of Engler’s pending resignation was confirmed, reaction quickly followed.
Michigan Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich said, “From the beginning he was never the right fit, but he had many opportunities to do right by the survivors of abuse at Michigan State University and repeatedly failed to do so. As an MSU graduate, I am relieved, and I expect my alma mater to seize this opportunity to establish a new leadership culture.”
Congressman Dan Kildee added, “I agree that John Engler should resign as Interim President of Michigan State University. The survivors and university deserve a leader who can unify the community and the state while continuing to learn from these tragic events.”
The former Michigan governor was appointed as interim president on February 5 last year following the resignation of Lou Anna Simon in the wake of the university’s handling of the Larry Nassar sex assaults.