Michigan State trustee: If Engler 'doesn't resign, we are going to vote to remove him'

Posted at 12:56 PM, Jan 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-16 12:56:14-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP/WXYZ) — A Michigan State University trustee says the board will seek to oust interim school President John Engler if he doesn't resign amid criticism of his handling of the fallout around disgraced ex-sports medicine doctor Larry Nassar.

Brian Mosallam told The Associated Press Wednesday that if Engler "doesn't resign, we are going to vote to remove him."

Mosallam, a Democrat, also said he believes "the votes are there" to get rid of Engler.

The board of trustees will hold a special meeting on Thursday morning, and the university says a "personnel action" will be discussed.

Engler told The Detroit News Editorial Board Friday that women sexually assaulted by the now-imprisoned Nassar have been in the "spotlight" and are "still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition."

The AP left messages Thursday seeking comment from Engler, who was hired last February after following the January 2018 resignation of president Lou Anna Simon.