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MSU President Samuel Stanley announces resignation following tension with Board of Trustees

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Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley Jr. is resigning following tension with the Board of Trustees.

For weeks, reports suggested the Board of Trustees was asking Samuel Stanley Jr. to either step down or risk being fired. That was after the administration dismissed the former Broad College of Business Dean following a failure to report misconduct.

The board has been investigating Gupta’s departure with an external law firm. Stanley and the university’s provost told the board to cease from interfering with faculty.

In a video posted to YouTube Thursday, Stanley said he submitted a 90-day notice to the board. He says he lacks confidence in the trustees’ involvement in academic affairs.

“The actions of the campus over the past month have shown the world that Michigan State University will not accept micromanagement by board members of the operations of this great institution," Stanley said. "And that we will hold individuals, no matter what their rank, accountable for their actions.”

Stanley has been president for three years. He will continue to lead the school until January.

Arjun Thakkar is WKAR's politics and civics reporter.