Former Michigan State and Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison this week for multiple sex crimes after more than 150 women publicly gave their accounts of being sexually assaulted by him during a seven-day trial.
Michigan State received a letter of notice from the NCAA regarding their handling of allegations against the doctor and now the university president has stepped down.
On Thursday, Lou Anna Simon announced she would be stepping down as Michigan State president.
“As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger,” Simon wrote. “I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements … I am tendering my resignation as president according to the terms of my employment agreement.
“Anyone who knows me knows I am a principled person. I have spent my entire professional career, more than 40 years, at MSU. I love this place. I have watched it grow and prosper, and it has been the honor and privilege of my life to serve as its president since 2005, and over the last few years, to have the opportunity to work with all of you toward our shared goals for MSU. I will continue to do whatever I can to help MSU prosper in the future as a Spartan in whatever role I may play.”
Simon says she planned to retire in 2016, but the Nassar investigation began and any transition was delayed. Now, she is walking away as the school faces questions of how it turned a blind eye to victim complaints for decades.