Michigan State has announced its interim athletic director and it is a familiar face to the university.
After the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal led to the job vacancy, interim president Joe Engler has announced that Bill Beekman will fill the role.
Beekman is currently the vice president and secretary of the Michigan State Board of Trustees and he will continue in those roles while taking on his new additional responsibilities.
“Just as the Board of Trustees had confidence in Bill to keep things moving as acting president, I have confidence that he will provide very capable leadership of the athletic department during this time of transition,” Engler said in a statement from the university.
Beekman has been vice president and secretary for the board since 2008. He was previously the executive director of the Michigan State Alumni Association. His current roles at the university include “administrative responsibilities for board meetings, university ordinances, policies and courtesies.”
While Beekman will fill the role for the immediate future, it is not believed that an in house person will be in consideration to fill the full-time position.
Desite that, Beekman is ready to take on his new job.
“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to this new challenge,” Beekman said. “This is obviously a new day at MSU and I am pleased to be part of the changes.”