People Watch: MSU taps new president

Samuel L. Stanley Jr. has been appointed president of Michigan State University. Longtime President Lou Anna Simon resigned after being criticized for how she handled the sexual abuse case of former school sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was convicted in 2018. Her successor, interim President John Engle, resigned soon after for his comments about Nassar’s accusers. Stanley succeeds their replacement, acting President Satish Udpa. He will be the first head of MSU in decades without ties to the school. In August, he will begin by meeting with sexual assault victims.

Stanley leads Stony Brook University (N.Y.), where he secured a $150 million donation in 2011—the sixth-largest gift, at the time, given to a public university. He was previously vice chancellor for research at Washington University in St. Louis.

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