Michigan State University trustees dispute reports of president’s future in his position

Many statements have been made about the uncertainty of Stanley’s position

Michigan State University’s President Samuel Stanley has until Tuesday to resign from his position or the school’s Board of Trustees will fire him, according to the Detroit Free Press citing anonymous sources.

EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University’s President Samuel Stanley who has been the university’s president for three years has confusion circulating about the future of his position.

Some sources say that Stanley is being forced out due to scandals that have taken place at Michigan State University. Some of the investigations that are at the heart of the main issues were how Stanley handled a title ix investigation on campus after former Dean College of Business Sanjay Gupta resigned after failing to report sexual misconduct, harassment or violence.

Local4 reached out to every member of the Board of Trustees and Stanley and have not heard back from everyone.

Below is a statement from Daniel J. Kelly from the MSU Board of Trustees.

Below is a statement from Dianne Byrum from the MSU Board of Trustees.

Stanley leaving Michigan State University would mean that the state’s largest university with a budget of $304 million would be without a leader for the third time in five years.

Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon was the first to leave back in January of 2018 surrounding the Larry Nassar Scandal. Michigan State University interim President John Engler resigned in January 2019 after making insensitive comments about Nassar’s victims.

Related: More than 40 people may have known about Nassar, Strampel crimes

Below is a statement from The Associated Students of Michigan State University.


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