(CNN)The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has selected Dr. Samuel Stanley as the school’s next president, MSU announced Tuesday.
Stanley is the first permanent president appointed to the position after Lou Anna Simon resigned last year in the wake of criticism over how she handled the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. Simon is in the middle of preliminary hearings for a Michigan judge to determine whether she should stand trial for allegedly lying to police in the investigation of Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics and university doctor. Simon has denied the allegations.Former Michigan Gov. John Engler served as interim president after Simon’s resignation, but he stepped down in January after making controversial remarks about the girls and young women who were Nassar’s victims. His 11-page resignation letter was made public by the university.Michigan State names new interim leader, saying decision is about Nassar's victims, not politicsStanley succeeds the university’s Executive Vice President Satish Udpa, who led the school during the search for a permanent president.Read More”Dr. Stanley is an empowering, compassionate and thoughtful leader, who will work tirelessly alongside our students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and broader Spartan community to meet the challenges we face together and build our future,” MSU said in its announcement.The Seattle native earned his bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of Chicago before graduating from Harvard medical School in 1980. He completed his resident training at Massachusetts General Hospital before conducting post-doctoral studies and later becoming a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. In 2006, he became the university’s vice chancellor of research before becoming president of Stony Brook in the summer of 2009. Michigan State University reaches $500 million settlement with Larry Nassar victimsIn five years under his leadership, Stony Brook hired 240 more faculty, according to the school. Stanley also has taken a special interest in economically disadvantaged students, championing the school’s Educational Opportunity Program. He also served on Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Long Island Regional Economic Development Council. He chaired the board Brookhaven Science Associates, which manages Brookhaven National Laboratory for the US Department of Energy, and has served in various roles for the NCAA and the National Institutes of Health. Stanley “has been an international advocate for gender equity and ending sexual violence in his role as one of two U.S. university Impact Champions for the HeForShe UN Global Solidarity Movement for Gender Equality,” MSU said.Last August, MSU appointed an 18-member search committee to assist in the presidential search. Stanley’s term begins August 1.