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Update: Michigan State University President resigns

Posted at 5:42 PM, Jan 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-24 17:42:18-05

Update (9:19 p.m.): Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon announced Wednesday evening that she is resigning.  Read more 

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LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Another member of Michigan State University’s governing board is calling for school President Lou Anna Simon to resign over criticism that the university mishandled complaints that former campus doctor Larry Nassar was sexually assaulting athletes.

Dianne Byrum on Wednesday became the second of the university’s eight trustees to support her resignation. Nassar worked at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molestation allegations.

She says in a statement that it is “clear that the public has lost confidence” in Michigan State’s administration, and “changes are needed to move the university forward.”

Byrum also says she is “disgusted” by comments from fellow trustee Joel Ferguson, who apologized Tuesday for saying there is a lot more going on at the university than “this Nassar thing.”