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John Engler: Michigan State Attempt to Fire Interim President Fails

John Engler: Michigan State Attempt to Fire Interim President Fails

A crowd calls for Interim President John Engler to step down during the Michigan State University Board of Trustees end-of-term meeting inside the Hannah Administration Building on MSU's campus in East Lansing on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Cory Morse/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

By    |   Friday, 22 June 2018 04:56 PM

An attempt to oust John Engler as Michigan State University’s interim president failed Friday morning, despite the efforts of school trustees.

Engler was interrupted as he opened the meeting with a motion introduced by trustee Brian Mosallam to fire Engler, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Mosallam is a vocal critic of Engler, a Republican who served as Michigan’s 46th governor.

The motion failed when it received the support of only two members — Mosallam and trustee Diane Byrum, another Engler critic. The remaining six trustees voted against it.

At issue were allegations that Engler had an adversarial relationship with survivors of Larry Nassar, a convicted serial child molester who was the USA Gymnastics national team physician. Nassar was also an assistant professor at MSU's College of Medicine.

During the time set aside for public comment, a parade of speakers called for Engler to resign, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“The idea of John Engler leading this university one more day is sickening.” said Bryan Tarrant, the parent of a Nassar victim. “Does your lack of moral code keep you up at night? Because your lack of a moral code keeps me up at night.”

Katie Paulot of the local advocacy group Reclaim MSU also called for Engler to go.

“His half-as**d apology changes nothing," she said. "I have only one thing to say to Mr. Engler — how do you like this teal s**t?

Paulot observed that a petition calling for Engler’s removal received more than 1,200 signatures.

Engler delivered a public apology Thursday.

"Last week while I was on my way to Texas, a private email conversation of mine from April was made public. I didn’t give it the consideration it warranted,” the apology said. "That was a big mistake. I was wrong. I apologize.”

He continued, in part, "My speculation about the lead plaintiff receiving kickbacks or referral fees hurt her deeply and for that I am truly sorry. She and the other survivors suffered greatly and they are entitled not to have their sincerity questioned, either individually or as a group. I apologize to her and her sister survivors.”

Engler also observed that at the time of the Nassar trial, emotions ran high — including his own.

"I will use my remaining time as interim president of Michigan State University to continue implementing meaningful reforms that serve to increase safety and respect on our campus."

Emotions continued to run high on social media.

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An motion to remove John Engler as Michigan State University’s interim president failed Friday morning, despite the support of school trustees. Engler's treatment of victims of Larry Nassar at MSU was the reason behind the push to oust Engler.
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