The president of Michigan State University Lou Anna Simon has announced she is resigning as a result of the scandal involving Larry Nassar, the medical doctor convicted of sexually abusing more than 150 women and young girls over a period of two decades. Nassar worked for Michigan State University and many of his victims have accused the institutions of turning a blind eye to his crimes.
Nassar also worked for USA Gymnastics as well as the U.S. Olympic Committee. All three organizations say they reported Nassar’s behavior to authorities as soon as they became aware of it, but in recent days had begun to take larger steps in the wake of the fallout. Three board members of USA Gymnastics have resigned and the U.S. Olympic Committee issued an apology for its lack of response.
Michigan State had asked that state’s attorney general to investigate its response, but late last night Simon announced her resignation. In her letter, Simon wrote that blame is inevitable when tragedies are politicized, and as university president, anger being focused on her is natural.
“Throughout my career, I have worked very hard to put Team MSU first…I urge those who have supported my work to understand that I cannot make it about me now. Therefore, I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement,” Simon wrote.
Nassar was sentenced yesterday to 40-175 years in prison.