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January 17, 2019
Michigan State University faculty members are praising the former dean who’s been appointed to lead the university following the resignation of John Engler. The Board of Trustees announced Thursday that former College of Engineering dean Satish Udpa would replace Engler as interim president. Engler was pushed to resign this week after making controversial comments about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar.

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the resignation of interim Michigan State University President John Engler (all times local):

1 p.m.

Michigan State University faculty members are supporting the appointment of a former dean to lead the university following the resignation of John Engler.

Engler was pushed to step down as interim president after making controversial comments about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar. Engler said Wednesday that he’d resign next week, but the Board of Trustees voted Thursday to make the resignation immediate.

The board appointed Satish Udpa to replace him. Udpa is the school’s executive vice president for administration and spent seven years as the dean of the College of Engineering.

Udpa is being praised by at-large members of Michigan State’s Steering Committee and Faculty Senate. They called Udpa “a respected member of the MSU community” and thanked him for accepting the challenge of leading the school.

The group says Udpa could count on them to “do everything possible” to make the transition to president successful.

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9:30 a.m.

Michigan State University trustees garnered applause after voting to force the immediate resignation of the university’s interim president.

John Engler submitted his resignation letter Wednesday, saying he’d resign next week after making controversial comments about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

The Board of Trustees voted Thursday to make the resignation immediate. Trustee Kelly Tebay says “a wrong has been righted today. I’m sorry it took so long.”

The former Michigan governor was brought in to help the university following the Nassar scandal. Engler had resisted past calls to step down. But the final straw came last week when he said Nassar’s victims had been in the “spotlight” and were at times “still enjoying ... the awards and recognition.”

Hundreds of women and girls have accused Nassar of molesting them when they sought treatment during his time working for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics. The victims included Olympic gymnasts.

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8:20 a.m.

Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees has voted to accept interim president John Engler’s resignation, but is making his departure effective immediately.

The board acted Thursday, a day after Engler said he’d step down next week . Engler’s resignation comes amid fallout from remarks he made about some victims of former sports doctor and convicted sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

The board appointed Satish Udpa as the new interim president. He currently serves as the school’s executive vice president for administration and is a distinguished professor.

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12 a.m.

Michigan State University plans to announce a new interim president following the forced resignation of John Engler amid backlash over his comments about some of convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar’s victims.

The Board of Trustees will meet Thursday. The former Michigan governor, who was brought in almost a year ago to help the school recover from the scandal, announced his resignation Wednesday rather than be fired at the meeting. It’s effective Jan. 23.

Engler told The Detroit News last week that Nassar’s victims in the “spotlight” are “still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition.” Engler previously was criticized for sending emails that suggested the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a “kickback” from her attorney.

The university plans to name a permanent president in June.