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ASMSU looking ahead to MSU president search process following Stanley's resignation

October 14, 2022
<p>The student government panelists during the ASMSU General Assembly on Oct. 6, 2022, in the International Center. </p>

The student government panelists during the ASMSU General Assembly on Oct. 6, 2022, in the International Center.

MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. announced his resignation from his position via a university-wide email on Oct. 13. His resignation came following questions about his contract and his role in the MSU administration’s failure to comply with the Title IX certification process.

“I, like the Michigan State University Faculty Senate and the Associated Students of Michigan State University, have lost confidence in the action of the current Board of Trustees and I cannot in good conscience continue to serve this board as constituted,” Stanley said in his resignation video.

ASMSU voted for no confidence in the Board at the Oct. 6 General Assembly meeting. The faculty senate followed suit at its Oct. 11 meeting.

“Because of the failures of the current board, it is vital that students get representation at these proceedings and that our input is taken when choosing the next leader of this institution,” ASMSU Public Relations Manager Brandi Stover said in a statement. “We will not stand for anything less because students deserve to feel acknowledged and respected by the board, and ASMSU will never stop advocating for student voices.” 

ASMSU President Jo Kovach said they are collaborating with former ASMSU presidents to understand the student body's role in the interim president selection process.

“We’re in the process of all forms of advocacy we can to have student input on the decision for an interim president and also a permanent one,” Kovach said.

Connor Le, Asian Pacific American Student Organization representative for ASMSU, expressed similar concerns about the interim presidential search process being headed by the Board of Trustees.

“From an APASO standpoint, we would love to have a say in the next presidential search, so we have student perspectives on who’s going to be the next president,” Le said. “With the lack of trust in the Board of Trustees, how are we supposed to trust who they pick when we can’t even trust them?”

Kovach said they hope the leadership transition will be a positive change.

“We are in the middle of a transitionary period,” Kovach said. “This will always be uncomfortable and things will be unexpected, but I’m hoping this is a good thing and we’ll come out of this better because Spartans deserve better.”

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