MSU Special Coverage

This section is dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the case against Larry Nassar and the resignation of Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon.

On January 24, 2018, Simon announced she would step down in the wake of a scandal involving Nassar, who worked at MSU as a medical doctor. Earlier in the day, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. Many of the victims accused the university of mishandling past complaints about Nassar.

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Michigan State University interim president John Engler plans to testify before a US Senate committee investigating the Larry Nassar case next Tuesday. 


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In response to the sexual abuse case caused by former Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar, eight deans published an article with suggestions on how the campus can move forward without forgetting the crisis. 


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In the face of calls for his resignation or removal, interim MSU President John Engler is pushing forward with efforts to move the university past the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

WKAR’s Scott Pohl recently sat down with Engler for a lengthy interview about the path ahead.


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Cheyna Roth / MPRN

Former Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel has retired rather than face the revocation of his tenure.


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Michigan State University has named a new Chief Compliance Officer. Nicholas Wittner, a professor of law in residence at the MSU College of Law, was appointed by interim President John Engler to lead the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance.


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Prosecutors say disgraced ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar and a former trainer have been charged with sexual abuse stemming from an investigation involving an elite gymnastics center in Texas.

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The result of a sometimes raucous MSU Board of Trustees meeting today left interim MSU President John Engler in office.


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Meeting to begin at 8am in the Hannah Administration Building. WKAR's Scott Pohl (@scottpohlwkar on Twitter) and Capitol Correspondant Cheyna Roth (@Cheyna_R) are on site, and will be providing updates. For real-time updates, follow Scott, Cheyna and WKAR News (@WKARnews) on Twitter.

Statement From MSU Interim President Engler

Jun 21, 2018
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Jim Peck / MSU Photography

Michigan State University interim president John Engler released a statement today apologizing for criticizing victims of Larry Nassar.

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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Michigan State University's interim president is apologizing for emails in which he said a victim of former campus sports doctor Larry Nassar probably received a "kickback" from her plaintiff's lawyer.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

With calls for interim MSU President John Engler to resign or be removed by the Board of Trustees growing, the board is scheduled to hold its regular public meeting on Friday.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

Two people familiar with the situation say Michigan State University's new general counsel, appointed to help deal with fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal, would make nearly $1.3 million over three years even if he were fired for cause.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A letter signed by 120 sexual abuse victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Tuesday urged Michigan State University's governing board to oust interim president John Engler, saying he has reinforced a "culture of abuse" at the school.

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MSU, Twitter/MSUPresEngler

UPDATE: MSU Trustee Dianne Byrum has added her voice to calls for Interim MSU President John Engler to resign. Michigan State University Trustee Brian Mosallam has become the first of eight trustees to call on Interim MSU President John Engler to resign. Fellow Trustee Dianne Byrum has become the second.


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Kevin Lavery / WKAR-MSU

Still reeling from the fallout of the Larry Nassar Sexual Abuse Scandal, Michigan State University is in hot water again this week after The Chronicle of Higher Education revealed previously unpublished emails in which Interim President John Engler criticizes lawyers of the assault survivors. The email exchange between Engler and a university official also implied a belief that survivor Rachael Denhollander would receive a kickback from her lawyer. WKAR's Karel Vega spoke with Chronicle of Higher Education reporter Jack Stripling, who wrote the article revealing the contents of the emails. 


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