Speeches and statements

Statement on the passing of former President of the United States George H.W. Bush
Dec. 1, 2018
Michelle and I loved President Bush, and we mourn his passing. He was a man of honor and integrity whose life was long, well-lived and an example to all. Read more

Remarks at water plant groundbreaking
July 13, 2018
It’s easy to take water for granted when you live in a state with more surface water than just about any other, surrounded by 3,400 miles of shoreline and some 11,000 inland lakes. But we know we shouldn't’t take clean water for granted, especially the water we drink. Read more

Remarks at Music Pavilion construction celebration
June 27, 2018
Thank you for joining us for this celebration of the start of construction for the College of Music Pavilion. Very shortly, we’ll be presenting a symphony of heavy equipment sounds instead of the more pleasant notes we’re used to hearing here. Read more

Statement on litigation settlement
May 16, 2018
Today’s announcement is important in the healing process both for the survivors and for the university as we collectively move forward. Read more

Remarks at Data Center ribbon cutting
April 12, 2018
I believe in the potential and the power that focused technology can deliver for this great university. And I look forward to seeing how advances in IT will pay dividends to MSU in the future. Read more

Statement on faculty reference
March 29, 2018
I try to treat every member of the MSU community—faculty, staff and students—with respect at all times. When I misspoke at a recent Faculty Senate and it was brought to my attention, I felt an apology was required. Read more

Statement on restarting mediation
March 28, 2018
Michigan State University is pleased that mediation will restart. The university remains committed to reaching a fair settlement with all the survivors. Read more

Statement on arrest of former Dean Strampel
March 27, 2018
One of the first actions I took upon my appointment as interim president of Michigan State University in early February was to pursue revocation of tenure and removal of former Dean William Strampel. Read more

2018 Appropriations testimony
March 15, 2018
Written testimony delivered to the Michigan Senate Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee. Read more

2018 Appropriations presentation
March 15, 2018
Information presented to Michigan Senate Appropriations Higher Education Subcommittee in oral testimony. Read more

Restructuring health care remarks
Feb. 15, 2018
To better address issues of access, safety, transparency, cost and quality, we're planning to improve the
coordination and integration of care delivery and health resource utilization here at MSU. Read more

Press conference statement
Jan. 31, 2018
The following statement is something I wish never had to be written. The gravity of the situation is so serious and with so many lives affected, I and Spartans across the nation are in disbelief that this has occurred at our university. But it has, and I stand here with a level of resolve to commit all of my energy toward finding solutions. Read more