Not everyone happy about Engler as potential Interim President at MSU

On Wednesday, students interrupted the meeting in protest to voice frustration with yet another failure from Michigan State. We have issues with both the selection itself, and a selection process that used meetings with students, faculty, and Deans to give the appearance of consultation.

After trustees voted unanimously to appoint Engler, a student leader climbed onto the table and told the board members, to cheers, that students oppose the choice. "Maybe because it was going to put them in a better light, but you simply can't do that".

A joint statement from faculty leaders accused the school's administration of placing "political expediency and institutional branding" above the faculty and student body's need to heal from the scandal. Some reports say it will be, on an interim basis, deputy athletics director Greg Ianni, who oversees the Spartans' athletic facilities and works toward the development of long-range plans for improving those sites.

Reaction to the Engler nomination started appearing in social media soon after it leaked. The report detailed a number of sexual assault incidents that occurred within MSU's basketball and football programs in recent years and painted a picture of an athletic department rife with inaction and a culture in which victims were both silenced and dismissed.

Larry Nassar joined Michigan State University in 1997. "If that vote of No Confidence passes, we will call on the entire Board of Trustees to resign immediately". The Detroit Free Press is reporting former Governor Jim Blanchard will also serve as a "senior advisor" to the board.

"What we got were shady backroom dealings, which resulted in the political appointment of a straight, white, wealthy male who is just conservative enough to keep our elected officials down Michigan Avenue pacified for a little while longer", he said. "I take solace that many victims have indicated that the opportunity to confront Nassar is a step toward healing", she said.

During the course of the investigation and trial of Nassar, blame was directed towards MSU and MSU President, Lou Anna Simon.

Engler said he'd moved swiftly to enact changes that will "protect anyone" affiliated with the campus from sexual assault, harassment and bullying. But it is expected that the board will choose an interim president.

"I'm only here to help the university community address this challenge that must be addressed", he said.

State Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking Michigan State University for emails and text messages related to Larry Nassar, an initial salvo in his investigation into how the college handled complaints against the longtime campus sports doctor who was sentenced to decades in prison last week for sexually assaulting female athletes. Before the vote, all expressed their support for Engler.

  • Tracy Klein