A member of the Michigan State Board of Trustees says he believes university president Lou Anna Simon must resign in order to help the school move on from the damage done by convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar. Trustee Mitch Lyons made the comments Saturday night, a day after the eight-member board publicly backed Simon in the wake of calls for her resignation due to how her administration handled the fallout from Nassar, the disgraced former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor. "I do not agree with our statement of support for President Simon," Lyons said. "As I expressed repeatedly to fellow board members during our discussion Friday, I don't feel that President Simon can survive the public outcry that has been generated by this tragedy and even less so after hearing the testimony of these brave survivors of Larry Nassar's abuse. I feel that our best recourse is for President Simon to resign immediately." Lyons' comments prompted a statement from board chairman Brian Breslin later Saturday night. "Yesterday, a unanimous Board of Trustees stated that we continue to believe President Simon is the right leader for the university and that she has our support," Breslin said. "Regrettably, Trustee Mitch Lyons announced his intention to call for President Simon's resignation. Importantly, all of the other trustees continue to support President Simon." Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 counts of criminal sexual conduct in November. More than 150 women have accused him of sexual assault, many saying he abused them when they saw him for medical treatment on Michigan State's campus.
Michigan St. president Lou Anna Simon should resign, board member Mitch Lyons says
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