MSU Board to Tab Engler as "Interim" President

Lima native Walton denies sexual assault allegation from time at Michigan State

Former Gov. John Engler was named the interim president of Michigan State University amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

He spoke after the school's governing board of trustees unanimously voted to hire him following last week's resignation of Lou Anna Simon. But neither of them should have been forced to be out there answering for the university.

Separately, ESPN quoted a former sexual-assault counselor at Michigan State who described a pattern of disturbing behavior in which senior university officials hid information about sexual-assault complaints against student-athletes and protected them from punishment.

Where that statement leads the university now is an even bigger question after a faculty steering committee announced it will call for a vote of no confidence to oust the entire board at its next meeting. I will state this: John Engler is the wrong direction. "This is already spurring protests".

"Because the timeline for making this appointment is short we will seek input from the leadership of academic governance, representing the faculty and the board's student liaisons representing the students", Breslin said. The move was expected, but has been met with lots of pushback over Engler's reputation as a polarizing politician with a history of hardball tactics in government. After leaving office because of term limits, the 69-year-old directed business groups in Washington, D.C. Secchia also suggested that parents uncomfortable sending their children to MSU should look elsewhere.

The choice is coming under criticism in some quarters - including from Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to go public against Nassar after she read an Indianapolis Star investigation of how USA Gymnastics handled sexual abuse allegations against coaches.

A judge says a total of 265 people have come forward to say they were victims of Nassar.

"I stand by these facts, and will defend myself to the extent that the law allows", Walton said in a letter provided to the Free Press. "And often things are political".

"I don't see a political advantage for anyone to gain here", Engler said. I'm not a candidate.

I am only here to help the university community address this crisis and lay a positive foundation for a permanent new president.

But, by electing Engler, some students and faculty say the board isn't putting the university first. Critics say Engler is not known as a "uniter".

"It appears Engler will indeed be the interim president at MSU".

"This is a really attractive presidency for strong candidates from across the country", Engler said. "I think the arrogance of the culture set in". "I have no additional ones", he said.

In a private meeting between board members. some faculty expressed that placing Engler as interim president was not only a bad decision, but a hasty one. "As you know, I'll still say I'll cooperate with any investigation that's made".

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