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MSU trustees regret hiring John Engler to head university

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A member of Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees says hiring John Engler to act as MSU’s interim president was a mistake.

The board selected the former Republican governor of Michigan earlier this year in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Last week, emails emerged in which Engler criticized attorneys for survivors, and suggested one survivor was probably getting a “kickback” from her lawyer.

MSU Trustee Brian Mosallam voted with the rest of the board to hire Engler in January. Now, he says that was a mistake.

“For the sake of unification, I decided to vote with the majority. Friday, I called for his resignation. So, clearly it was a mistake.”

Mosallam and fellow trustee Dianne Byrum have both called on Engler to resign, as have numerous state officials.