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Two MSU trustees call for Engler's resignation over comments about Nassar survivor

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Michigan Radio

Members of Michigan State University’s governing board are calling for interim president John Engler to resign.

That’s after the Chronicle of Higher Education published an email between Engler and aides in which he said Nassar survivor Rachel Denhollander was likely receiving a “kickback” from lawyers.

Trustees Brian Mosallam and Dianne Byrum released statements saying Engler needs to go.

Mosallam said the university needs to focus on institutional reform in the wake of the Nassar scandal, and that Engler’s statements fly in the face of that.

“This institution, the head of this institution, the tone of this institution cannot be as such. Therefore I think it’s time, he needs to step aside,” he said.

Byrum said in an interview with Stateside that after Engler didn’t apologize for what she called "despicable" comments, she no longer thinks Engler is fit to lead the school anymore.

In a statement, Engler said that he is not planning to resign and will continue to look forward.

The Board of Trustees has a meeting scheduled for Friday.

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Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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