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Steering Committee to vote no confidence in board if Engler appointed

January 30, 2018
Mary Graham of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College receives one of the awards from Richard Riley, former secretary of education, and John Engler, left, former Michigan Governor, during the award ceremony of the nation's first annual winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday, December 12, 2011. (Astrid Riecken/MCT)
Mary Graham of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College receives one of the awards from Richard Riley, former secretary of education, and John Engler, left, former Michigan Governor, during the award ceremony of the nation's first annual winner of the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Monday, December 12, 2011. (Astrid Riecken/MCT) —

The MSU Steering Committee released a statement Tuesday and said it will call for a vote of no confidence in the Board of Trustees if former governor John Engler is appointed interim president.

The statement reiterates faculty concerns that Engler has no academic leadership experience, and says the Board of Trustees ignored the Steering Committee’s recommendations. 

In a private meeting Monday, the Steering Committee recommended the board choose a woman candidate with experience designing and implementing programs to combat sexual assault and harassment as interim president. 

Their efforts to change MSU’s culture were “thwarted by a myopic and entrenched administrative structure that had placed political expediency and institutional branding above the need to regain the trust of the greater MSU community,” according to the statement. 

If the vote of no confidence passes, the Steering Committee will call for the resignation of the entire Board of Trustees. 

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