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Michigan State Distinguished Professors Back President

September 21, 2022

Nearly 100 distinguished, endowed chair and distinguished professors emeriti are the latest to publicly voice support for Dr. Samuel Stanley Jr. as president of Michigan State University, The Lansing State Journal reported. They issued a joint letter with their view.

“As distinguished professors at the university, and emeriti faculty who care deeply about MSU, we value an environment that allows us to produce our best work,” the professors wrote. “Continued recognition at national and international levels enhances our reputation as an institution, which in turn allows us to attract talented faculty, students, staff, and administrators to join MSU. Reputational damage threatens those efforts. We are grateful to President Stanley for improving campus culture during his three years here and moving us towards a safer and more productive space, conducive to enhancing our academic strengths. We are also indebted to him for his leadership throughout the COVID pandemic, which resulted in a safe community during these last two years. His commitment to excellence in every university endeavor is clear and greatly appreciated. We strongly support the consistent actions President Stanley has taken since arriving at MSU to protect the health and safety of all members of the MSU community. We look forward to President Stanley’s continued leadership of MSU.”

Some Michigan State trustees are trying to push the president out for reasons that remain unclear.

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Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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