Satish Udpa

MSU President Stanley in WKAR Radio Studio
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Classes begin this week at Michigan State University, just a few weeks after the arrival of MSU’s new president. Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. talks with WKAR's Scott Pohl about a variety of subjects, including his observation of the Larry Nassar scandal from his previous job at Stony Brook University, why he wanted to come to East Lansing, big time college athletics, and more.

Samuel Stanley, Dianne Byrum
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Today is the first day on the job for Michigan State University’s new president. Samuel Stanley Jr. was unanimously chosen to be MSU’s next president by Trustees on May 28. He comes to MSU from Stony Brook University in New York where he served as president since 2009.

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May 28, 2019

MSU President; Satish Udpa; Dr.Samuel Stanley Jr.; Larry Nassar; NFLPA; DeMuarice Smith; NFL Lockout in 2021?; Weekend Winners

Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D.
Michigan State University

Michigan State University's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D. the 21st president of MSU during a special meeting on Tuesday morning. His term begins August 1, 2019.

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Amanda Barberena

Trustees at Michigan State University are holding a special meeting next week amid a search for a new president.

portrait: Satish Udpa
Michigan State University

Michigan State University Acting President Satish Udpa has returned to work. He was away last week following a fall at MSU’s commencement ceremony for advanced degrees earlier this month.


UPDATED Tuesday at 10:30 p.m.: Michigan State University spokesperson tells WKAR News that Acting President Satish Udpa may return to work soon. He is recovering after a fall during a graduation ceremony on Friday.

Satish Udpa in WKAR Studios photo
Scott Pohl / WKAR/MSU

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.

Mark Fellows MSU Today

“I like to split things that we are doing into two buckets,” says Acting Michigan State University President Satish Udpa. “In the first bucket, we are looking at things that we can do to heal the campus. We want to right the ship and we want to make sure that the amount of negativity that we saw on this campus comes down. So, things like apologizing to the survivors, that was one of the first things we did. 

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.

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.”

Dianna Byrum
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John Engler is offically out at Michigan State University following a tumultuous term as the school's interim president. What does his ouster mean for the future of MSU? WKAR's Karel Vega sat down with Abigail Censky and Scott Pohl to discuss.