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Michigan State faculty moving ahead with no-confidence vote

Former Gov. John Engler, left, enters the room with outgoing President Bill Beekman before he runs a news conference after Michigan State's Board of Trustees met and voted to name former him as their interim president in East Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Dale G Young / Associated Press)
Former Gov. John Engler, left, enters the room with outgoing President Bill Beekman before he runs a news conference after Michigan State's Board of Trustees met and voted to name former him as their interim president in East Lansing, Mich., Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Dale G Young / Associated Press)
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EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State University faculty are moving ahead with a motion to hold a no-confidence vote on the school’s board of trustees in response to the board’s decision to hire former Gov. John Engler as interim president.

Members of the university’s Academic Congress overwhelmingly approved a measure Saturday to hold the vote at the Faculty Senate’s next meeting.

If that vote passes, faculty would call on the trustees to step down immediately.

Faculty members say the board rushed to appoint Engler and they criticized his lack of academic experience.

Engler was hired as interim president last Wednesday after longtime President Lou Anna Simon resigned Jan. 24 amid a growing outcry over the university’s handling of the sex assault scandal involving former university sports doctor Larry Nassar.

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