Published: Tue, February 06, 2018
Medicine | By Brett Sutton

John Engler names Bill Beekman as interim athletic director

John Engler names Bill Beekman as interim athletic director

He will remain in that position while he acts as interim athletic director.

In response to the hiring of former Gov. John Engler as interim president, Michigan State University faculty members will hold a vote of no confidence on the school's board of trustees next week.

Beekman, who has an undergraduate degree from Michigan State, juris doctor degree from Wayne State, and master's in business administration from Northwestern, has been an administrator at Michigan State since 1995 and was the executive director of the university's alumni association before becoming vice president and secretary of the trustees in 2008.

Most recently, Beekman served as acting president of MSU before former MI governor John Engler was named interim president on Friday, February 2.

Engler added that a nationwide search will begin shortly for a permanent athletic director, and that no internal candidates will be considered.

John Engler said today (Monday) would be his first day on the job, but he was already busy working his connections in the State Legislature last week. Deputy athletic director Greg Ianni, who has been at Michigan State since 1993, was the highest-ranking staffer left in the department when Hollis resigned.

According to Robert LaDuca, an MSU professor and associate dean of Lyman Briggs College, in Saturday's vote, the total number of ballots sent out by email was 2,776. He also served as a senior consultant to the provost and to the vice president for finance and operations.

Critics from within the Michigan State community and among some of Nassar's survivors have called on the school to find its new leaders from outside sources so they can take a fresh look at addressing what the board of trustees deemed to be a cultural issue with handling sexual assault on campus.

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