MSU may pick a new president next week


Michigan State University could pick a new president on Tuesday.

The Board of Trustees is holding a special meeting to take up a “personnel action” at on May 28th at 10 a.m.

The board will have to vote to approve the new president.

While university officials declined to state explicitly that the meeting is to hire a new president, the timing of the meeting fits with the timeline the presidential search committee laid out almost a year ago. The group hoped to pick a new president in June.

The person they choose to lead the university will be the fourth person to lead the school in 18 months. 

Lou Anna Simon resigned in January of 2018 in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal.

She was replaced by former Governor John Engler. He was ousted from the job a year later in January of 2019 after making repeated statements seen as denigrating to the survivors of the Nassar scandal.

The board appointed Satish Udpa, a former engineering dean and the then-Vice President of Administrative Services. He remains the president until a new person takes office.

It has taken MSU more than a year to choose its new leader. The process kicked off in April of 2018 as the board sought an adviser. 

The last update to the Presidential Search website was in February. 

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