Dianne Byrum

Michigan State University announced its new president on Tuesday. And some groups continued to express criticism of the process that led to the appointment of Dr. Samuel Stanley, Jr.


Acting President Satish Udpa presides over his first MSU Board of Trustees meeting. He began with an apology to survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse.
Abigail Censky, WKAR

Friday the Michigan State University Board of Trustees met for the first time since Interim President and former Governor, John Engler was ousted in early January.  Acting President Satish Udpa began his first official MSU board meeting with an apology.


Trustee Dianne Byrum announced Wednesday that Brianna Scott would be taking Joel Ferguson's place on the Presidential Search Committee.
Reginald Hardwick, WKAR

It's been a tumultuous month for the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Three new trustees joined, the university president was ousted, an acting president pointed and now Trustee Brianna Scott will take Trustee Joel Ferguson’s spot on the school's Presidential Search Committee.

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Having a closed presidential search like the one Michigan State University is using is part of a growing trend, according to a journalist who reports on college presidents.


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Do not expect town halls or open interviews with the candidates for Michigan State University's next president. A memo issued Wednesday said the process will be kept private. At least one campus group urging transparency after the Larry Nassar scandal criticized that decision.


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees Presidential Search Committee has finalized the position description for the next MSU president. 


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Reginald Hardwick / WKAR-MSU

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.


Brian Mosallam, Dianne Byrum, John Engler
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.


Russ White

Despite the projected continuation of lower commodity prices for farmers, Jim and Dianne Byrum remain very optimistic about the agricultural sector, especially in Michigan.

Jim, president of the Michigan Agri-Business Association, and Dianne, partner and co-founder of Byrum and Fisk Advocacy Communications, recently joined me to discuss several  key agricultural issues that will be front and center in 2018.