The status of Michigan State University President remains unclear
Some MSU trustees want to fire Samuel Stanley Jr. if he doesn’t resign. The president and Provost Teresa Woodruff are scheduled to speak Tuesday evening during a special meeting of the MSU Faculty Senate
The MSU Faculty Senate still expects to hear from President Stanley during a meeting Tuesday evening.
Stanley’s detractors on the board appear to be focused on the administration’s handling of sexual misconduct and a failure to communicate with the board.
The president and Provost Teresa Woodruff are scheduled to speak Tuesday evening during a special meeting of the MSU Faculty Senate. Leaders of the Faculty Senate have expressed concern about debating the ouster of a university president behind closed doors for the third time in four years.
Several trustees, including chairperson Dianne Byrum, a Democrat, and Republicans including vice chair Dan Kelly and Melanie Foster, have issued statements critical of those pressuring Stanley to step down. Other trustees have not responded to requests for comment or issued statements of their own.
There has been a call for transparency from MSU’s Council of Graduate Students. Additionally, Association of American Universities president Barbara Snyder issued a statement saying she is appalled at reports of interference in MSU’s operations by members of the board.