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Michigan State: New President Will Be Chosen By June 2019

June 27, 2018 - 12:34 pm

LANSING (WWJ/AP) - The tumultuous era of Michigan State University interim president John Engler is expected to end by June 2019.

The university's governing board announced the timeline Wednesday for selecting Engler's replacement. He was tapped to lead the university in February amid a crisis surrounding former sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Nassar, who also worked for USA Gymnastics, is now imprisoned for sexually abusing hundreds of girls and women while employed at Michigan State.

Trustees Dianne Byrum and Melanie Foster will lead the search process, with outgoing University of Virginia president Teresa Sullivan serving as an adviser. A search committee will form in August.

“Finding the right president for Michigan State and completing the search in accord with this newly established timeline are critical steps for MSU and its future,” said Sullivan, retiring president of the University of Virginia and a MSU alumna. “I look forward to working with the Board of Trustees and stakeholders in the Spartan community as they seek to attract a great leader for the next chapter in the life of Michigan State University.”

The presidential search timeline includes:

July-October 2018: Host listening sessions with stakeholders
July 2018: Issue request for proposals from presidential search firms
August 2018: Form the search committee
September 2018: Conduct search firm interviews and make a selection
October 2018: Finalize the position profile and make public
November 2018-January 2019: Identify candidates and conduct initial interviews
February-May 2019: Host finalist interviews with the Board of Trustees
June 2019: Announce the selection of the new MSU president

Sexual assault victims of Nassar have protested Engler's leadership and want him to resign. Two trustees backed a motion to oust Engler, but it failed.

“Our board is committed to listening and learning from our entire community to ensure we have a comprehensive, inclusive and successful search for MSU’s next president,” said Foster. “I look forward to working with our Spartan family as we make this very important decision about the future of our university.”

The public can follow the search as it progresses at www.msu.edu/presidentialsearch.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.