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MSU president resigns

January 25, 2018
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Lou Anna K. Simon
Lou Anna K. Simon. Courtesy MSU

The president of Michigan State University has resigned.

Lou Anna K. Simon posted yesterday a resignation letter on the MSU website.

The announcement comes on the heels of the sentencing of convicted sexual assaulter and former MSU doctor Larry Nassar.

"The last year and a half has been very difficult for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community and for me personally," Simon says. "To the survivors, I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician was really such an evil, evil person who inflicted such harm under the guise of medical treatment. I know that we all share the same resolve to do whatever it takes to avert such tragedies here and elsewhere."

Simon's resignation came hours after Nassar was sentenced in Ingham County Circuit Court to 40 to 175 years in prison, according to an article yesterday by the Lansing State Journal.

At the sentencing hearing, 156 "women and girls who said they were assaulted by Nassar gave victim-impact statements," the Lansing State Journal reports.

“As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable,” Simon says. “As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger.

“I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now.  Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement.”

MSU board Chair Brian Breslin wrote a statement confirming the MSU Board of Trustees accepted Simon's resignation.

“We agree with Dr. Simon that it is now time for change,” Breslin said.

He said the board will be working through the details of the transition and will announce them as soon as possible.

“We greatly appreciate her integrity, her many contributions and her willingness to continue to serve through transition,” Breslin said 

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