MSU trustees look to the future


It’s only been a day since the MSU Board of Trustees accepted former governor John Engler’s resignation. One trustee says they’re already looking to the future and still trying to make the best decisions for the school.

Trustee Brian Mosallam said there is a lot of trust that has to be rebuilt in the MSU community, especially with the survivors of Larry Nassar. But he believes that by selecting Satish Udpa as the new interim president, MSU leadership is taking the necessary steps to create a culture of trust and transparency within the university.

Mosallam also laid out the issues he wants to tackle next as the school continues to search for a more permanent leader. 

“You’re seeing an overnight shift in tone and culture,” Mosallam said. “But with all that being said, we still have a lot of work to do to move this university forward. It’s time to move on, time to focus on institutional reform, student health and wellness and doing right by our courageous survivors and making sure that the morale at the university improves. So, I’m optimistic.”

MSU plans to announce their pick for a new president this summer. Mosallam says changing interim presidents shouldn’t have a big impact on that search, but he does say having strong leadership will help the MSU community heal and move forward. 

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