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Emotional trustees thank the survivors of Nassar at the board meeting



EAST LANSING, Michigan (WILX) – The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has elected an Interim President to succeed John Engler.

The board acted on Thursday one day after Engler down next week.

Engler's resignation stems from comments made on statements made by victims of a former sports physician and convicted sex offender Larry Nassar

The board appointed Satish Udpa as the new interim president. He is currently executive vice president of school administration and an excellent professor.

He joined the MSU in 2001. According to the university's website, Udpa was also dean of the College of Engineering and chairman of the Electrical Engineering Department of Computer Engineering.

He was named after Engler announced in an 1

1-page resignation letter that he would step down in a week. However, CEO Diane Byrum announced Thursday that Engler's resignation would take effect immediately.

The trustees had scheduled a vote on Thursday to overthrow Engler if he had not resigned.

This decision came after Engler told the editorial board of Detroit News Friday that Larry Nassar's survivors are "in the spotlight" and "still enjoys that moment."

Udpa will serve as Interim President of the MSU until June.

The university had previously said that it would appoint a new president before the next academic year in June.

The trustees of the meeting had the opportunity to speak to the crowd. Among them were members of the community, survivors of sexual assault and many media.

The trustee Joel Ferguson gave the floor when asked.

Brian Mossallam, who was very vocal in England's time as Interim President, once again told the room that "Engler's reign of terror is finally over". A quote he tweeted on Wednesday and circulated throughout the social world has already tweeted over 130 times.

Nancy Schlichting, who was appointed to the board by former Governor Rick Snyder following the resignation of George Perles in December 2018, commented that Brian Mossallam had a single voice over Engler and "that's not always easy". She added how proud the board is today and that she is excited to work with Udpa in his new role.

Brianna T. Scott thanked Udpa especially for having "gone into this fiasco".

And a very emotional Kelly Tebay, who had just been elected to the board, said, "Today an injustice has been corrected." She added, "Sorry, it took so long." In tears, Tebay turned to the room and said, "I hope you have regained confidence in your board." News 10 will cover the session of the MSU Board of Trustee from News 10 at 17:00.

Below is the resignation letter from John Engler.


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