Michigan State president Dr. Samuel Stanley is resigning as the school's president in a video statement posted to YouTube on Thursday morning.

Here's his statement:

As the video shows, Dr. Stanley feels that he has lost confidence in the MSU Board of Trustees, despite vocal support from a segment of faculty and others at the university:

I know very well from the outpouring of support that I've had from students, staff, faculty, shared governance, alumni, donors, affinity groups and others that many of you will be profoundly disappointed by this decision,

 

But I, like the Michigan State University Faculty Senate and Associated Students of Michigan State University have lost confidence in the action of the current Board of Trustees, and I cannot in good conscience continue to serve this board as constituted.

Stanley had been the president in East Lansing for the last three years.  He will remain at his post for up to the next 90 days.  The university spent around 18 months searching for a president to replace LouAnna Simon and then interim president John Engler.

But the president had come under criticism over the forced resignation of the dean of the Broad School of Business as well as issues with Title Ix compliance

Stanley had served previously as the school president at Stoney Brook University.  He is the 21st president in school history.  There is no word as to if/when the MSU Board of Trustees will begin the process to replace Stanley.

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