MSU Board of Trustees unanimously votes Provost as interim president
LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Michigan State University Board of Trustees hosted a special meeting on Monday and unanimously voted Teresa Woodruff as interim president.
“I’m convinced and confident that together that we will persevere and continue to not only uphold but advanced our shared mission,” Woodruff said.
Earlier in October, MSU President Samuel Stanley announced his resignation and said one of the main reasons for his decision was that he lacks faith in the Board of Trustees.
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The decision to appoint Woodruff as interim president was seen as a positive development by students and faculty.
“She’s internal to the university,” said student Seven Quijas said. “She’s aware of the strategic plans that we already have in place.”
The programs Quijas is referring to are the betterment of the university’s diversity, equity and inclusion. Quijas said he’s hopeful for a fresh beginning.
“I’m excited for this period to re-instill and re-foster the trust and transparency in the leadership with the institution,” Quijas said. “I’m excited to work with the board and the new president.”
Woodruff said she hopes to refocus the university’s attention to building toward its 2030 plan and helping the transition for a new, permanent president.
A national search for a permanent replacement will begin soon. Woodruff said she hasn’t decided if she’ll apply for the position yet.
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