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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In the latest development in the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, two former Michigan State University officials were in court today.

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Michigan State University is hosting a conference to train more than 100 police and prosecutors from around the Midwest on ways to improve sexual assault investigations.

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A jury of 12 has decided that a former dean at Michigan State University is guilty of multiple criminal charges – including a felony.

William Strampel
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A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University was found guilty Wednesday of neglect of duty and misconduct in office but acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge.

William Strampel, the ex-dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was the first person charged after Michigan’s attorney general launched an investigation 1½ years ago into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography.

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Opening statements and first witnesses were called Thursday in the criminal trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University.

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Scott Pohl / WKAR-MSU

A jury has been selected in the criminal trial of William Strampel, the former dean of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. Opening statements will begin Thursday, May 29.

Satish Udpa in WKAR Studios photo
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In January, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, fresh off the resignation of Interim President John Engler, appointed Executive Vice President for Administrative Services Satish Udpa to serve as acting President. He’s serving in that role while a committee searches for a permanent president.

This week, Udpa came to the WKAR studios for a lengthy interview with reporter Scott Pohl.

Lou Anna Simon, Eaton County Court, 2019
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The state Attorney General’s Office is trying to show that the former Michigan State University president lied to investigators to protect the university.

Attorney General Dana Nessel

Attorney General Dana Nessel is scheduled to give her first public briefing on three major state cases this week. Nessel said she’ll be joined by Michigan State Police Colonel Joe Gasper and Michigan Solicitor General Fadwa Hammoud.

portrait: Satish Udpa
Michigan State University

In the wake of this week’s resignation of interim MSU President John Engler, there’s an editorial in today’s Detroit Free Press called “In Engler, panicked MSU Trustees got what they paid for.”

WKAR’s Scott Pohl talks with Brian Dickerson, Editorial Page Editor of the Free Press, about the editorial. He says the MSU-Engler saga is “more complicated than it’s been made out to be.”


Michigan State University’s interim President John Engler submitted his resignation Wednesday amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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DETROIT (AP) — Michigan State University's Board of Trustees will seek to oust interim President John Engler if he doesn't resign amid criticism of comments he has made about victims of imprisoned ex-sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar, a trustee said Wednesday.

MSU Trustees Dianne Byrum (L) and Melanie Foster will be leading the search for the next university president.
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The Michigan State University Board of Trustees today elected Dianne Byrum to serve as chairperson for the next two years. She got five votes to three for fellow Democrat Brian Mossalam. Republican Dan Kelly was elected vice chair.

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Two current Michigan State University Trustees and the two who were elected to take office in January are criticizing interim President John Engler for closing a fund set up to aid Larry Nassar sexual assault survivors.

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Michigan Attorney General

Michigan State University will pay the legal bills of officials facing charges related to the crimes of Larry Nassar. The university will pay lawyer bills for former President Lou Anna Simon, former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel, and former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages.