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Engler Out as MSU Interim President

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Image credit: Cheyna Roth/MPRN

Engler’s tenure was marked by brusque commentary about the victims of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

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Just a year into his interim presidency at Michigan State University, former governor John Engler is out.

Engler offered his resignation Wednesday night, saying he would quit next week, staving off a likely firing by the MSU Board of Trustees.

The board accepted his resignation but told him he’s done today, not a week from now. 

Engler’s tenure was marked by brusque and controversial commentary about the victims of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, and the apparent last straw came this week when he said the survivors were enjoying the spotlight.

You can read Engler’s 11-page resignation letter here.

What’s next for MSU?

On Detroit Today, Stephen Henderson speaks with Cheyna Roth, state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network, who was in the Board of Trustees meeting Thursday morning. He also speaks with local crisis public relations pro Matt Friedman of the Tanner Friedman firm.

Click on the audio player above to hear those conversations.

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