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President Samuel Stanley Jr.
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Michigan State University closed its campus in the middle of its spring semester earlier this year due the coronavirus pandemic. Since then, there have been a lot of questions about when students could return and what classes will look like when that happens. 

Last week, MSU President Samuel Stanley Jr. announced campus would reopen in the fall.


Teresa Sullivan is interim provost at Michigan State University. She joins Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman for a conversation.

“Provost is an old military term, and most people aren't too familiar with it outside of the college setting,” Sullivan says. “The provost is the chief academic officer, which means the provost is ultimately responsible for the faculty from hiring to retirement and for the students from admission to graduation.”


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Tom Saxton is head women’s soccer coach for the Michigan State University Spartans. He joins Michigan State University president Sam Stanley and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman on MSU Today.

As coach of the Spartans for over 30 years, Saxton reflects on how MSU and the sport of soccer have changed. 


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Damon Rensing is Michigan State University’s men’s soccer coach. He joins Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley, Jr. M.D. and Spartans athletic director Bill Beekman for a conversation on the state and future of his program and the game of soccer.

He talks about the history of the program and the Joe Baum coaching tree. And he says there’s a strong sense of alumni connectivity that permeates the program.


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Spartans softball coach Jacquie Joseph is Spartan Athletics’ all-time winningest coach, says athletic director Bill Beekman as he and Michigan State University president Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. welcome her to MSU Today.

Joseph talks about how the game has changed over the course of her almost 30 years at the helm of Spartan Softball. And she talks about the challenges of being a team in the north.


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Spartans head baseball coach Jake Boss joins Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. and Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman on MSU Today.

Boss talks about the challenges inherent in being a northern team in a warm weather sport. “We tend to recruit tougher kids who are used to the weather challenges,” Boss says.


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Steve Esquith is dean of Michigan State University’s Residential College in the Arts and Humanities. He talks with MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. and Spartans Athletic Director Bill Beekman about the “common good” mission of the college.

“We think there are some basic things that the arts and humanities can contribute to society,” says Esquith. 


Samuel L. Stanley Jr, MD is Michigan State University's 21st president. MSU’s rich land grant heritage attracted President Stanley to MSU at this crucial time in its history.