Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon Resigns After Nassar Sentence

Yesterday we all watched as child abusing monster Larry Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison.

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While the hammer rightfully slammed down on Nassar like an atomic bomb, the gavel of justice was not done yet as many who played some part in allowing his activities to persist still had to answer for their inaction. First up was Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon, who announced her resignation last night in a statement.

“As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable.” said Simon in the statement. “As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger.  I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements.   Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to put Team MSU first.  Throughout my career, I have consistently and persistently spoken and worked on behalf of Team MSU.  I have tried to make it not about me.  I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now.  Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement.

The Board of Trustees, who last week stood behind the embattled president, decided last night to accept her resignation as the pressure on the school’s failure to act swiftly against Nassar mounted. But with sweeping changes being made to other parties involved, including the U.S. Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics, the hammer had to fall on someone at East Lansing and it starts at the top. So after a career at the university spanning over four decades, including serving as the university’s president since 2005, Simon finally stepped down. One interesting statement from her announcement should be noted though: 

As you and many in the Spartan family know, I planned to retire in December 2016, and we had begun a conversation about a smooth transition.  Then the Indianapolis Star article appeared about USAG and one of the victims contacted MSU police to file a complaint.  The MSU Police investigation commenced.  Nassars employment was terminated shortly thereafter.  Work began within the HealthTeam and other areas of the university to improve safety.  Given the challenges, my transition was postponed.  I appreciate the support you provided.

Based upon this, her resignation should not come as a surprise. As to a cover up or conscious failure to act over the years, we’re sure more will be revealed as the questions are asked and the dirt is dug up, which has already started based upon a story in The Detroit News.

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