John Engler sent an 11 page resignation letter to the MSU Board of Trustees.
The board called an emergency meeting that is planned to take place tomorrow morning.
Interim President Engler’s comments about survivors of Doctor Larry Nassar last week stirred up some controversy. Saying “you’ve got people, they are hanging on and this has been … there are a lot of people who are touched by this, survivors who haven’t been in the spotlight.”
MSU Board of Trustees Chairman Dianne Byrum says Engler is undermining the changes that are trying to be made for MSU.
“It really is a step backward because of his actions, his comments, and it creates an environment where it’s very difficult to move forward and for people to heal particularily the survivors, it just opens wounds up all over again,” said Byrum.
Newly elected trustee Kelly Tebay says this is what MSU needs to move forward.
“Whether he submits a letter… by tomorrow morning he will no longer be an employee of Michigan State University and I feell good about that,” said Tebay.
One students with Reclaim MSU says hiring Engler was a mistake from the start.
“We’ll kind of have the opportunity to really start that healing process and start building the trust with the administration… I think appointing someone who has a record of being activity antagonistic towards survivors was absolutely the wrong and in the past year the community has been worse off because of it,” said MSU senior Natalie Rogers.
Another students says he’s only been a student at MSU for a year and has only heard negative things.
“Basically just heard all bad things about him and his presidency so far since I’ve been here,” said MSU Masters student Zach Luther.
He wrote that he plans to resign next Wednesday.
6 News will continue to follow this story and update you on tomorrow’s board meeting.