MSU President Engler to testify before Congress

WASHINGTON D.C. - The interim president of Michigan State University will testify before a Congressional committee in Washington D.C.

John Engler will appear before the subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance and Data Security on July 24th. It's part of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

The details came out the day after 6 News reported on the likelihood of Engler having to testify before Congress.

The hearing is called "Strengthening and Empowering U.S. Amateur Athletes: Moving Forward with Solutions." It's part of the work that was prompted, at least in part, by the Larry Nassar scandal involving MSU.

Engler was a former three term governor of Michigan before coming back to lead his alma mater.

He took over in February of 2018 after the resignation of Lou Anna K. Simon, who was felled by the Larry Nassar scandal.

Nassar is a former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 300 women and girls under the guise of medical treatment, though he was only criminally charged with assaulting a handful of people. Nassar pleaded guilty and will serve up to 175 years in a state prison if he survives a federal child pornography sentence of 60 years.

Engler helped craft a $500 million settlement with the more than 300 survivors and has made changes to other policies and procedures to prevent a situation like the Nassar scandal from happening again.

6 News will be at the hearing and we'll have that story for you on air and online at

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