MSU Board of Trustees say they continue to support embattled President Lou Anna K. Simon

EAST LANSING, MI — The MSU Board of Trustees is standing by President Lou Anna K. Simon, it announced after four-hour, closed-door meeting on Friday.

“We continue to believe that President Simon is the right leader for the university, and she has our support,” Board Chair Brian Breslin told reporters, reading from a prepared statement.

He did not take questions.

The Board met in a hastily-called work session starting at 10:30 a.m. on Friday to discuss Nassar, a longtime MSU physician who pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is being sentenced in a court hearing that started on Tuesday, where more than 100 women who say they were assaulted by him are speaking or reading statements.

Many of those women cast blame on not just Nassar, but also the university and Simon herself.

Larry Nassar's victims slam Michigan State, USA Gymnastics at sentencing hearing

Larry Nassar’s victims slam Michigan State, USA Gymnastics at sentencing hearing

The 60 or so women presenting victim impact statements during the first three days of the hearing also have directed their fury at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.

In the statement, Breslin said the university was committed to making sure something like this never happened again and is seeking review from the Attorney General.

“Through this terrible situation, the university has been perceived as tone-deaf, unresponsive, and insensitive to the victims. We understand the public’s faith has been shaken. The board has listened and heard the victims,” he said.

That meeting also came as calls for Simon’s resignation amplified this week.

The Senate Minority and Majority leaders issued a rare joint statement saying they had “lost confidence” in her ability to lead the university, and urged the Board of Trustees to remove her.

Michigan Senate leaders call for Lou Anna K. Simon's removal

Michigan Senate leaders call for Lou Anna K. Simon’s removal

The leaders of the Michigan Senate are calling for Lou Anna K. Simon to be ousted over her leadership during the Larry Nassar case.

And the lawmakers representing East Lansing, home of Michigan State University, called for her resignation on Thursday.

East Lansing lawmakers call on MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon to resign

East Lansing lawmakers call on MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon to resign

Reps. Sam Singh and Curtis Hertel released a joint statement saying she should go.

MSU Football Coach Mark Dantonio said at a press conference on Friday the Nassar situation was difficult.

“Obviously, our hearts go out to the victims in this case. It’s a very difficult situation for them and it’s awful. With that said, 11 years of dealing with President Simon on so many different occasions and so many different areas, I’ve always found her to be very reflective, very calm in a storm, very on point and I’ve always appreciated that about her. She’s much like a head coach in my little world that I’m in. And I can’t control things at times. I would say she’s in a very difficult and delicate situation. And I do

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