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Engler To Be Interim MSU President

Jan 31, 2018

Former Michigan Governor John Engler
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Former Governor John Engler will serve as interim president of his troubled alma mater, Michigan State University.  The MSU Board of Trustees is expected to officially vote on the appointment at a meeting this morning.


Engler will take the job as Michigan State faces multiple investigations into what went wrong at MSU to allow former sports doctor Larry Nassar to abuse female athletes for two decades. 

State Representative Kim LaSata is co-chairing a House investigation, which is seeking documents from MSU.

“If Governor Engler can help Michigan State be more transparent and accountable, then I support him.”

Nassar survivor Rachel Denhollander took to social media to complain the appointment smacks of insider politics.  But she said she’ll wait to see what he does in the position.   

Engler is a Republican who served as governor from 1991 to 2003. 

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