Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon To Resign

Posted January 26, 2018

Victims and others look on as Rachael Denhollander speaks at the sentencing hearing for Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 24, 2018.

University president Lou Anna K. Simon recently resigned tonight, and Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has also caught some heat for a comment he made about the situation earlier in the week.

Simon posted yesterday a resignation letter on the MSU website.

"No-one believed because they did not listen", she said, recounting the several times victims told MSU of their allegations. I am proud of my support of their work even though the results have been very painful to all who watched.

This week we heard a volume of tragic stories from the victims of Nassar, some now raising families of their own.

The NCAA sent a letter of inquiry to the school Tuesday "regarding potential NCAA rules violations related to the assaults Larry Nassar perpetrated against girls and young women, including some student-athletes at Michigan State".

Simon has shown no indication she is willing to determine for herself if they had a chance to stop Nassar, but failed.

"We need to find out beyond the president's office who had reports and didn't act", Hertel said.

Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon has announced that she is resigning.

Simon was promoted to school president in 2005 after moving up the ranks while flourishing in various administrative roles. Federal prosecutors have declined to say if they are looking at any other aspects of the case.

In her resignation letter released to News 10 she wrote, "I am profoundly saddened by Michigan State University's public posture and seemingly callous regard for these girls and women".

Among those notified, the newspaper reported, were Simon, athletic trainers, assistant coaches, a university police detective and an official who is now MSU's assistant general counsel. Politician after politician called for her to resign and asked the state Legislature to launch an investigation.

With the pressure mounting and the NCAA opening an investigation of Michigan State over the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, Simon decided that it was time to step down. Some say that's a bad idea because the only way to fully move forward from this tragedy is to get someone that can provide a new perspective and sense of accountability both on-campus and beyond.

That opens the door to one of the highest profile university jobs in MI.

He said the board will be working through the details of the transition and will announce them as soon as possible.

James Finkelstein, a professor emeritus at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and the leading researcher of presidential pay, pointed out in an email to the Free Press that Simon would be paid "more than twice the amount of the most highly paid faculty member in the College of Education".