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Former board member's name to be removed from MSU building; discovered to be KKK member

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Sep 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-04 16:12:15-04
(WXYZ) —

The name of a former board member of Michigan State University will be removed from the school's human resources building after he was discovered to be a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

The Board of Trustees will vote to remove Stephen Nisbet's name at their meeting on Sept. 11, according to a resolution posted on the website.

According to the resolution, the building will be renamed to 1407 South Harrison for the time being until a new name is decided.

The building was named after Nisbet in 1974 as a "testament to his dedication to the betterment of the State of Michigan."

He was a school principal, a superintendent, president of the Michigan Education Association, a member of the State Board of Education, a member of the Board of Trustees, a member of Alma College's Board of Trustees and an executive with Gerber Products Company.

Per the resolution, Nisbet was identified as a member of the KKK in the book "Everyday Klansfolk" by Craig Fox; he was reportedly a member of the Newago County chapter of the KKK in the 1920s.