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Trustees Promise Inclusion As Presidential Search Begins

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Reginald Hardwick

A Michigan State University Trustee tasked with leading the search for MSU’s next president says the Board is committed to transparency and inclusion throughout the process. A campus advocacy group promises to hold the trustees to their word.

Michigan State University plans to hire a new university president by the fall of 2019. MSU Trustee and Presidential Search Co-Chair Dianne Byrum said collaboration is key.

“Just in the last several months, I have had more interactions across campus with staff, faculty and students than I probably have in the previous five years,” Byrum said.  “And I think that’s a changing role of the Board and how we communicate and interact with a broader campus community. “

Part of that interaction includes a promise that students will have a role on the search committee to be chosen in August.  

Natalie Rogers is a founder of Reclaim MSU an advocacy group demanding students and faculty have a voice in key MSU administrative decisions. The group was founded after the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.

“It sounds good, but it still remains to be seen how much power that search committee will have and if they’ll be able to have a final say in the process,” Rogers said.

Community members can give their input about what they’d like to see in a new university president here

Byrum said trustees will read every comment.

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