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Engler scheduled to testify before Congress in Nassar hearings this week

Jul 23, 2018

Michigan State University Interim President John Engler will appear before a U.S. Senate subcommittee Tuesday.

The subcommittee has held multiple meetings in response to former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually assaulted hundreds of his patients. Tuesday's hearing is focused on changes made by MSU and others to protect amateur athletes from sexual predators like former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar.

John Engler at the final MSU Board of Trustees meeting of the 2017/18 school year.
Credit Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

Engler, who is also a former Michigan governor, says he’s excited to have an opportunity to share the progress and changes Michigan State has made.

“We’ve now put in place what I think is a rather broad safety net that looks out for young people.”

Engler says he wants the US Olympic Committee – which gets its charter from Congress – to improve protection for athletes. He says the Olympic Committee knew Nassar was abusing young women, but it didn’t tell anyone, including MSU.

Morgan McCaul is a survivor of assault by Nassar. She says Engler testifying at this hearing is ironic because Engler has held the school back by criticizing Nassar assault survivors.

“They have made some changes on the campus, but I don’t know how much I credit that to John Engler himself and rather the community rallying around and the faculty who have really enacted that policy.”

Representatives from the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and the Athletes Advisory Council are also expected to testify.