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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

MSU trustee: Engler's 'reign of terror' done as Dems take over board

Posted By on Wed, Jan 16, 2019 at 10:42 AM

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Former GOP Michigan Governor John Engler's stint as interim president of Michigan State University could come to an end this week.

The MSU Board of Trustees is planning a Thursday special meeting at which it will likely consider his fate, the Free Press reports. Last year, Democrats and Republicans each held four seats on the board, but with Democrats holding a 6-2 advantage after the November election, it's very possible that it will move to remove Engler.

"John Engler's reign of terror is over," board member Brian Mosallam said. "Michigan State University will be returned to its people."
The board appointed Engler early last year after former president Lou Anna Simon stepped down amid accusations that she ignored warnings about Larry Nassar.



At the time, the board was split 4-4 among Democrats and Republicans, but Democrat Joel Ferguson flipped and joined Republicans to support Engler's appointment.

The news comes as Engler faces backlash over his comments about Nassar victims, who he said are "enjoying" the "recognition."

But that isn't the only time Engler has attacked victims of sexual assault. Last year, he accused a Nassar victim of taking kickbacks from a trial attorney. As governor, Engler fought hard against a lawsuit brought by hundreds of female inmates who had been raped by state corrections officers. Despite Engler's efforts, it ended in what at the time was the largest payout in state history.
Rachel Denhollander, the first victim to come forward about Nassar, tweeted a pointed response to Engler:

"Engler references survivors enjoying their time in the spotlight. You mean, like having to change the day I grocery shop so my 3 kids don't see a photo of their mom demonstrating what was done to her body?

Tell me more about how enjoyable this spotlight is."


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