Trustee and former MSU football coach George Perles has resigned due to health issues from the MSU Board of Trustees, effective immediately, a university press release dated Nov. 28 said.
The announcement was made by outgoing chairman of the board, Brian Breslin.
"My mobility is compromised and I live with the effects of Parkinson's every day," Perles wrote in his resignation letter. "The ramifications of my health issues continue to grow... at this juncture, I feel that Sally (Perles' wife) deserves some respite. We need to make our life smaller as we age and consider our quality of life. Our family has bled green and white for the better part of our lives. It's time to step back and allow the next generation to carry the MSU torch."
Perles, 84, was elected to the Board as a Democrat in 2007 and won re-election in 2014. He is an MSU alumnus, coached the football team from 1983 to 1994, winning the 1988 Rose Bowl. He was briefly both football coach and Director of Athletics, from 1990 to 1992.
Governor Rick Snyder is expected to appoint a replacement in the near future, the press release said.
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This story was updated at 11:17 a.m. to include George Perles' letter of resignation.
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