MSU Deans Council’s Letter to Board of Trustees

January 16, 2019

Dear Members of the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University,

The pattern of comments by Interim President Engler, including his most recent statement suggesting that some of the survivors of sexual abuse are “enjoying” the spotlight, further harms the very people it is our responsibility to support. This pattern and these comments are not consistent with the values we articulated in our attached memo of January 29, 2018, to:

Foster and protect a culture that is transparent, open, trusting, and safe;
Continuously cultivate leadership through caring and accountability;
Empower everyone to be fully engaged in a community that is inclusive and equitable.
We do not support his continued leadership and request that the Board take appropriate action.


Andrea Amalfitano, Dean, College of Osteopathic Medicine
Norman J. Beauchamp, Dean, College of Human Medicine
Rachel Croson, Dean, College of Social Science
Prabu David, Dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
Phillip Duxbury, Dean, College of Natural Sciences
Stephen L. Esquith, Dean, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities
Robert Floden, Dean, College of Education
James Forger, Dean, College of Music
Sherman Garnett, Dean, James Madison College
Thomas Glasmacher, FRIB Laboratory Director
Sanjay Gupta, Dean, Eli Broad College of Business
Ronald L. Hendrick, Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 
Steven Hanson, Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies
Michele H. Jackson, Dean, Lyman Briggs College
Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, Dean, Honors College
Thomas D. Jeitschko, Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School
Leo Kempel, Dean, College of Engineering
Mark Largent, Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies
Christopher P. Long, Dean, College of Arts & Letters
Lawrence Ponoroff, Dean, College of Law
Birgit Puschner, Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine
Randolph Rasch, Dean, College of Nursing
Joseph A. Salem, Jr., University Librarian
CC: Provost June Youatt