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MSU approves Bill Beekman as Athletic Director

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Michigan State University has formally approved Bill Beekman as its new athletic director.

Beekman has been the interim director since February, when former AD Mark Hollis stepped down in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal.  Beekman most recently served as secretary to the MSU board of trustees, whose vote to approve him as athletic director was unanimous.

Anna Pegler-Gordon is not pleased by the decision.  She’s an MSU professor who’s been an outspoken critic of the administration.

“This meeting was called too quickly for there to be any public comment, and then they sit around and say the entire university is onboard with this.  They don’t know that.  They don’t care.”

MSU opted not to conduct a national search for its new AD, reversing what interim president John Engler indicated earlier this year.  Bill Beekman says the university has been reviewing all its policies and training to ensure every student has, “the safest possible experience” at MSU.