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Former Gov. Engler Says He Will Not Be Political as Interim MSU President

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Cheyna Roth
Interim MSU President John Engler preparing to address reporters on January 31, 2018.

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler says he won't be political as interim president of Michigan State University, as it deals with scathing criticism over disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Republican told reporters Wednesday, "This is not the time to be political." He says working to change things "starts today."

He spoke after the school's governing board of trustees unanimously voted to hire him following last week's resignation of Lou Anna Simon. Many students and faculty members oppose the decision.

Simon stepped down after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for sexual abuse. He was accused of abusing young female athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment while working for the university and USA Gymnastics.

Engler was governor from 1990 through 2002.

Trustees also named another former governor, Democrat Jim Blanchard, to advise the school as it faces numerous lawsuits and investigations.

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