Larry Nassar Scandal Causes Michigan State President To Resign


Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has made a decision to step down, after multiple people have accused the school and its officials of covering up the abuses of Larry Nassar.

In her resignation letter Simon says "The previous year and a half has been very hard for the victims of Larry Nassar, for the university community, and for me personally".

In the wake of massive calls on the Michigan State community for her resignation, Michigan State trustee Joel Ferguson issued a statement in defense of Lou Anna Simon.

Breslin continued: "President Simon has served with distinction as MSU's President for 13 years and has been a constant presence at the university for more than 40 years".

Simon said she in her resignation letter she limited her personal remarks to keep the focus on "Team MSU", but finished with an intimate farewell. We have said it in other contexts, but we have not been direct enough with you.

Denhollander filed the first police report in 2016 that led to Nassar's guilty plea and sentencing.

Simon's resignation is required because she is at the top of a food chain at a place where nothing was done when the first and second and third and 64th girl spoke to another university employee about this creep who seemed to derive pleasure from sexually manipulating student-athletes. Sue Carter, the respected chair of MSU's athletic council resigned over the school's "ineffective response" to the scandal in which former sports medicine Dr. Larry Nassar was able to cruelly molest vast numbers of women and girls.

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The board of trustees met Friday for five hours before giving Simon a public vote of confidence, but fractures among its members became public a day later. Michigan State University had a private record of complaints against Nassar and chose inaction.

The confluence this week of the heartbreaking testimony of 101 of Nassar's victims and a detailed report from The Detroit News blowing holes in MSU's claims of total ignorance of the doctor's wrongdoing raises the outrage level to a point that can no longer be ignored. Hertel, an alumnus whose district includes the campus, said she should have taken more decisive action when she learned a physician was the subject of a Title IX investigation in 2014.

"Throughout my career, I have consistently and persistently spoken and worked on behalf of Team MSU".

Though she initially received support from school officials, Simon faced mounting pressure in recent days to step down from alumni and state lawmakers. At a sentencing hearing that's gone on for a week, more than 130 women and girls have confronted Nassar or had statements read in court. Simon has been president since 2005.

Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina effectively sentenced disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar to life in prison Wednesday. "I now feel ashamed to have represented a school who will not take accountability". Simon has apologized many times to Nassar's victims.

There had been calls for Simon to resign in quake of the Nassar scandal, the Lansing State Journal reported.