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Ex-Michigan State President to Receive $2.45 Million in Salary

July 31, 2019

The president who resigned from Michigan State University amid a scandal over a physician's sexual abuse and who faces charges of lying during a police investigation will retire with $2.45 million in payments, the university announced Tuesday. Lou Anna K. Simon will receive three annual payments totaling that amount in addition to her retirement and other benefits, the university said. The terms of Simon's employment contract drew scrutiny because of her role in the explosive scandal surrounding Larry Nassar, the longtime Michigan State and Olympic doctor.

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Doug Lederman

Doug Lederman is editor and co-founder of Inside Higher Ed. He helps lead the news organization's editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Doug speaks widely about higher education, including on C-Span and National Public Radio and at meetings and on campuses around the country, and his work has appeared in The New York Times and USA Today, among other publications. Doug was managing editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education from 1999 to 2003. Before that, Doug had worked at The Chronicle since 1986 in a variety of roles, first as an athletics reporter and editor. He has won three National Awards for Education Reporting from the Education Writers Association, including one in 2009 for a series of Inside Higher Ed articles he co-wrote on college rankings. He began his career as a news clerk at The New York Times. He grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and graduated in 1984 from Princeton University. Doug lives with his wife, Kate Scharff, in Bethesda, Md.

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