UPDATE (09/11/2022 – 8:51 p.m.)
Members of the MSU Faculty Senate released a statement online expressing their concerns about MSU Board of Trustees’ lack of communication.
This comes after a Detroit Free Press article reported that the board is forcing MSU President Samuel Stanley to resign by Tuesday.
Below is the full statement:
“We are gravely concerned about the trustees’ reported intention to oust President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. Despite the institutional trauma Michigan State University has endured in recent years, the Board of Trustees is apparently debating—behind closed doors—forcing out a third president in less than four years. They should know better.
Extraordinary actions require extraordinary justifications. Given our special role in achieving the mission of our university, MSU faculty deserve and demand the transparency the Board of Trustees claims to value.
Less than a year ago, Board Chairperson Dianne Byrum announced the results of President Stanley’s performance review, saying that the trustees were “grateful to have Sam Stanley leading this institution” and deeming his conduct worthy of a nearly $1 million salary. If the trustees’ view of the president has shifted so drastically since, we should know why.
As the chairperson and vice chairperson of the Faculty Senate and the Steering Committee, we commit to pursuing the truth through all available channels, and we insist that the Board of Trustees communicate with faculty leadership in a deliberative and substantive way before any decisions are made.”
EAST LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Michigan State University could be looking for a new president in the near future.
MSU Vice President and University Spokesperson Emily Guerrant told 6 News that “the Board and the president are in current discussions regarding his contract with the university.”
This statement comes after an article from the Detroit Free Press that reported Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley has been given until Tuesday to resign.
Despite Guerrant confirming that the school is in discussions with Stanley over his contract, she denied that the president has been given until Tuesday to resign.
The incident that reportedly has Stanley in hot water is how the school handled a Title IX-related issue involving business school dean Sanjay Gupta.
Gupta suddenly resigned in August, before the school later said he was removed from his position.
MSU has since hired an outside counsel to review the dean’s dismissal.
“The removal of Sanjay Gupta as Dean of the Broad College of Business was implemented by the Provost of the University with the support of the President. The authority to remove a dean is vested in the Provost, and the propriety of that act is the responsibility of the President. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight and governance of the University and has retained outside counsel to review the administration’s decision in this matter,” MSU Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dan Kelly said in a statement last month.
Stay tuned with 6 News as we continue to follow this story.