Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed Sandy Pierce to the MSU Board of Trustees to succeed former trustee Pat O'Keefe who resigned in November. Her appointment starts today and will last until the end of O'Keefe's originally scheduled term — Jan. 1, 2029.
Pierce currently serves as the senior executive vice president of Huntington National Bank and received the Michigan State University Honorary Alumni Award in 2018.
“The students, staff, faculty, and alumni of Michigan State University deserve leadership who will put them first and do the right thing no matter what,” Whitmer said in a press release. “Sandy is the right person for the job because she leads with her values and has decades of experience to back it up. She is a trusted professional and a tested, proven leader. I know Sandy will be an asset to Michigan State and work hard to ensure the continued success and growth of the university. Go green!”
Pierce has previously held appointments and board roles, including the Henry Ford Health System Board chair position.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the students, staff, and alumni at MSU and am eager to work with my partners on the Board of Trustees,” Pierce said in a press release. “I’ve dedicated my career to economic development in the state of Michigan and its world class institutions. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to continue to help advance the school’s mission and provide relevant guidance on its strategic goals and objectives. Access to a good education is the bedrock of our success and is a part of securing the future for this great state. I know Governor Whitmer shares my passion around this, and I am honored to work together to further the vision for this wonderful institution.”
In his resignation letter, O’Keefe said he was concerned about the resignation of former business school dean Sanjay Gupta. He also said he feared the board would not disclose the results of the investigations into the matter.
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