Michigan State Interim President Resigns over Larry Nassar Comments

HeadlineJan 17, 2019

Michigan State University’s interim president says he’ll resign next week amid a furor over his comments about survivors of former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who has been convicted of sexually abusing hundreds of women and girls. The interim president, former Michigan Governor John Engler, told the Detroit Free Press last week that women who were sexually assaulted by Nassar are in the “spotlight” and “still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.” The comments prompted Michigan State administrators and the Board of Trustees to demand Engler’s resignation. His predecessor, Lou Anna Simon, will go on trial later this month facing charges she lied to police as they investigated Larry Nassar’s crimes; she faces up to four years in prison.

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