Top MSU athletic official resigns

Shelley Appelbaum, MSU

The person responsible for overseeing women’s sports at Michigan State University has left the school.

6 News has learned that Shelley Appelbaum, the Executive Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator for MSU Athletics, resigned from her position last Friday.

MSU spokeswoman, Emily Guerrant, did not disclose the reason for her departure, but did say that Appelbaum left on her own terms.

Appelbaum’s departure comes several months after Athletic Director Mark Hollis resigned from his position. At last check, MSU has not yet found his replacement.

 6 News reached out to Appelbaum for comment on this story and will provide comments if and when they become available.

Appelbaum had oversight of all sports management issues, gender equity, diversity, governance and strategic planning initiatives at MSU.

According to the university’s website, she began her career at MSU in 1999 as an Associate Athletic Director and Senior Women’s Administrator and became the university’s first female Senior Associate Athletic Director in 2005.

Appelbaum has oversight over several sports, including some that have athletes who have accused convicted doctor Larry Nassar of sexual assault.

Her resignation is effective July 1, 2018.

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