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Live Updates From MSU Board Of Trustees Meeting, Friday June 22

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Teal pinwheels in front of Hannah Administration Building

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.

(10:45)

Meeting is adjourned.

Listen to All Things Considered starting at 4 pm for reports from Scott Pohl and Cheyna Roth

(10:44)

"Ferguson says @MSUPresEngler has given them outstanding leadership...to the jeers and outcries from audience."

--Cheyna Roth

(10:40)

"Lyons on presidential search: “nobody is walking into this hot mess right now.” Not running for re-election and won’t be part of choosing permanent president. Re: firing Engler: If @MSUPresEngler goes, “we all should go.”"

--Scott Pohl

(10:36)

"Lyons: there’s no handbook on how to handle this sort of situation. Sincerely sorry that #Nassar assaults happened here. Board hired @MSUPresEngler thinking he could “put the fires out.” More protester interruptions."

--Scott Pohl

(10:35)

"Lyons: as a member of the board, had been advised not to speak with survivors so as not to jeopardize settlement with #Nassar survivors. Gets emotional while addressing @MSUPresEngler Efforts to improved campus have been drowned out."

--Scott Pohl

(10:31)

"Foster remarks interrupted by protesters briefly. Images on phones say “FIRE ENGLER”"

--Scott Pohl

(10:29)

"Trustee comments. Mosallam says Spirited discussions over last two days (board retreat). Now, “we need to move forward.” “Very spirited” discussions with President Engler Says board has approved “sweeping reforms.”"

--Scott Pohl

(10:20)

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Protestors burst out against board actions.

(10:18)

"Bonding to finance settlement with #Nassar victims. $500-m. No state money, no tuition dollars. Full amount to be bonded. Negotiating with insurers to cover some of that. Approved unanimously."

--Scott Pohl

(10:13)

"Bonding for new construction: about $380-m, first such bonding in three years. Includes new STEM facility. STEM building financing includes $29.9-m from state. Approved unanimously."

--Scott Pohl

(10:11)

"Purchase of buildings in Lansing for #MSULibrary books approved. Buildings have been rented in the past."

--Scott Pohl

(10:06)

"New $29.9-m in state support plus internal support to fund new STEM education building, first new academic hall on campus since Wells Hall according to @MSUPresEngler Details will be on MSU budget website."

--Scott Pohl

(10:00)

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Campus safety budget plan

(9:56)

"Student numbers from other states also expected to decline, making it harder to recruit them. Tuition for students from MI will freeze in two year budget, out of state up about $1/day, more for others."

--Scott Pohl

(9:54)

"Finance committee: Two-year budget. Expect 300 fewer international students next year (mostly due to a decline in students from a China). 15% reduction in students from MI over next ten years"

--Scott Pohl

(9:45)

"Next: committee restructuring. New committee to consider matters related to student life and culture including off campus. Engler says Budget upcoming will be a two-year budget. Will include a tuition freeze."

--Scott Pohl

(9:38)

"appointment of former MI Supreme Court Justice Robert Young as VP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel (three years, $425,000/yr). Approved 5-3 (Kelly, Mosallam and Byrum vote no.) Met with boos."

--Scott Pohl

(9:10)

"Personnel actions also will include additional year to contract of men’s basketball coach Tom Izzo through June 30, 2025, women’s basketball coach Suzy Merchant through June 30, 2023 and hockey coach Danton Cole through June 30, 2023."

--Scott Pohl

(9:07)

"Coming up on the agenda: personnel actions, including Robert Young as VP of Legal Affairs and General Counsel (three years, $425,000/yr). Likely to be met with criticism here."

--Scott Pohl

(9:04)

"President’s report is next. President Engler addressing other subjects rather than responding to public comment."

--Scott Pohl

(9:04)

"After almost an hour, public comment is over. Now on to the president's report."

--Cheyna Roth

(9:02)

"Jennifer Rood Bedford, Nassar survivor, speaking now. Asks board what they really stand for and what really believe. "If you want to discuss motivation and chasing money, you made this about money, not I.""

--Cheyna Roth

(9:02)

"D. Church: supports survivors of #Nassar Says he met with President Engler in his first week at MSU, describes Engler’s demeanor as “filibustering.” Says Engler should listen to student voices urging him to step down."

--Scott Pohl

(8:56)

"She (Suzy Hassouna) says that what bylaws require is committee of peers to look at accusations and judge if are accurate or not merited. For 1 and half years could not get anybody to follow the bylaws. "

--Cheyna Roth

(8:55)

"Professor Suzy Hassouna says policies and bylaws of MSU were not followed. Says she has been accused of abusing students in 2017 and until now went through the chain of commands up to the president and could not get anybody to follow the bylaws."

--Cheyna Roth

(8:51)

"Andaluna Borcila, faculty member and member of faculty senate speaking next. Says she is a member of @ReclaimMSU and their policy proposal has been enforced by faculty but ignored by board. Petition to fire Engler got over 1k signatures in a week."

--Cheyna Roth

(8:46)

"Like last meeting, some parents of #Nassar survivors, not allowed to bring signs, hold up phones with photos of survivors."

--Scott Pohl

(8:44)

"Gregory Frenz (again sorry if I have that name wrong) refers to himself as a survivor of President Engler when he was governor of MI. Had sought reinstatement to a former position, claims his removal was based on his sexual orientation."

--Scott Pohl

(8:41)

"Grace French, #Nassar survivor, is next. “You can’t ignore us anymore.”"

--Scott Pohl

(8:38)

"Katie Pulot (sorry for any spelling errors) speaks. We are back to #Nassar survivor remarks. Thanks Brian Mosallam and Byrum for trying to remove Engler. “We demand accountability. Enough is enough.”"

--Scott Pohl

(8:35)

"The father of a #Nassar survivor, Bryan Tarrant, decries a lack of leadership by this board and this president. Says this board choosing the next president is disgusting. “Do you have a moral code?”"

--Scott Pohl

(8:24)

"Christy Lemke, mother of Lindsey Lemke (@lindseylemke) speaking now. Says two of the main people under investigation for Nassar told Lindsey to quit over back pain. Says a specialist told her she just needed physical therapy. Says MSU people wanted to get rid of her because knew going public."

--Cheyna Roth

(8:20)

"Hannah Morrow speaks next as a #Nassar survivor. On Engler: “If he calls one of us a liar, he calls all of us liars.” Asks why his apology only came after more than 1,000 signed an online petition calling for his removal."

--Scott Pohl

(8:18)

"(Morgan McCaul) Says if the board loves the school the way claim they need to fire President Engler and reopen Amanda Thomashow (@amandathomashow) Title 9 case. That's the investigation by MSU's Title 9 office against Nassar, but did not go anywhere."

--Cheyna Roth

(8:10)

"Public comment begins with Nassar survivors Kaylee Lorincz (@KayleeLorincz) and Morgan McCaul (@fatherjuanmisty)"

--Scott Pohl

(8:10)

"Several people in crowd call John Engler a coward and tell him to step down. But Brian Mosallam (@Bmosallam63) motion to vote to terminate failed 6-2 so will not go on the agenda."

-- Cheyna Roth

(8:06)

"Meeting starts out with John Engler (@MSUPresEngler) reiterating his apology for what he said in emails about the survivors and Rachel Denhollander (@R_Denhollander). Says as they move on he's very excited about some changes made and changes that will be announced today."

--Cheyna Roth

(7:53)

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Lots of teal in the crowd again today. Meeting starts at 8.

(7:36)

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Outside the Administration Building, ReclaimMSU has decked the statue of John Hannah in teal.

 
 
 
? @scottpohlwkar 3m3 minutes ago

Lyons: as a member of the board, had been advised not to speak with survivors so as not to jeopardize settlement with #Nassar survivors. Gets emotional while addressing @MSUPresEngler Efforts to improved campus have been drowned out.

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