Michigan State University board in contract discussions with school president

EAST LANSING, MI – Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees are in discussions with President Samuel Stanley regarding his employment contract, the university confirmed Monday, Sept. 12.

The discussions are taking place, said MSU Spokesperson Emily Gerkin Guerrant, who did not provide additional details about why the talks are taking place or Stanley’s status as president of the university.

Other media outlets have speculated that Stanley could be asked to leave or retire from the university early the week of Sept. 12, with his handling of the removal of MSU Broad College of Business Dean Sanjay Gupta serving as a possible tipping point.

Reports that the board has given Stanley until Tuesday, Sept. 13, to resign are not factually accurate, MSU Spokesman Dan Olsen clarified Monday.

Stanley and Board of Trustees President Dianne Byrum could not be reached for comment for this story.

Discussions about Stanley’s contract come after Gupta resigned from his position on Aug. 12, amid concerns about his leadership of the college and a failure to mandatory report, per MSU’s sexual misconduct allegation policies, Guerrant said.

MSU Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dan Kelly released a statement “on behalf of an overwhelming majority of the board members” supporting the removal of Gupta as dean on Aug. thirty.

“The Board of Trustees is responsible for the oversight and governance of the university and has retained outside counsel to review the administration’s decision in this matter,” Kelly said in the statement.

Upon his hire in May 2019, Stanley was hailed by the university as a Harvard-educated doctor, expert researcher and stabilizing figure after years of disorder after the Larry Nassar scandal.

Stanley was hired to replace former President Lou Anna Simon, who resigned in January 2018. He succeeded acting President Satish Updpa, who was appointed in January to replace former Interim President John Engler, who resigned while under siege for controversial comments about Nassar victims.

Prior to his arrival in East Lansing, Stanley served as the fifth president of Stony Brook University from 2009-19.


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