John Engler

Interim President John Engler

John Engler became interim president of Michigan State University on Feb. 5, 2018, following his appointment by the MSU Board of Trustees.

He was the 46th governor of the State of Michigan, serving three terms from 1991 to 2003. Before that Engler served 20 years in the Michigan Legislature, including seven years as state Senate majority leader. He was the youngest person ever elected to the Michigan House of Representatives.

Immediately prior to his MSU appointment, he led two of the most influential business associations in the country: the National Association of Manufacturers and Business Roundtable. Engler was president of Business Roundtable, an association of CEOs of the largest United States companies, from 2011 to 2017. From 2004 to 2010, Engler was president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, the largest manufacturing association in the United States.

Engler joined Electronic Data Systems Corporation as an executive immediately after leaving state government. He has served on the boards of several corporations and organizations, currently including Universal Forest Products Inc. and K12 Inc. He chaired the National Governors Association and the State Science & Technology Institute and was named among Governing magazine’s 2001 Public Officials of the Year. 

He is a graduate of MSU with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural economics and earned a law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He and his wife, Michelle, are parents of triplet daughters Margaret, Hannah and Madeleine. He was born in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, in 1948.