Communications


Spartan Community Letter
Feb. 22, 2024

As I conclude my tenure as interim president, I reflect on some of our accomplishments and share a brief video message. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Feb. 2, 2024

Good morning, everyone. In my report today I will highlight recent examples of Spartan excellence. Read more

Transition in Police and Public Safety
Jan. 31, 2024

I write today to share leadership transition news — Vice President and Chief Safety Officer Marlon Lynch will be leaving Michigan State University and has accepted a position at the University of Colorado as the associate vice chancellor for the new division of public safety. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
Jan. 23, 2024

As the days lengthen and each of us warms to our tasks surrounded by friends and colleagues, our spirits are lifted and we look forward to brighter days. Read more

Remembrance updates for Feb. 13, 2024
Jan. 19, 2024

As we returned to campus after the holiday break, I hope you did so with a rested mind and body. I also realize many of you already have begun reflecting on the approaching one-year mark of the violence our campus faced on Feb. 13, 2023. Read more

Notes for the new semester 
Jan. 8, 2024

As we start this semester, there are important reminders regarding the systems and ways in which we participate in communal functions. Read more

Statement on privacy investigation report
Dec. 29, 2023

Maintaining privacy during our relationship violence and sexual misconduct investigations is of utmost importance, and we take this commitment very seriously. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
Dec. 19, 2023

A soft hush has settled over our lovely campus this week with the departure of most students for the winter break. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Dec. 15, 2023

Today we begin two days of celebrating the success of some 4,400 Spartans receiving baccalaureate and advanced degrees in our fall commencement ceremonies. Read more

Plans for Feb. 13, 2024
Dec. 11, 2023

The planning underway strives to provide space and time for individualized reactions and experiences as we honor those we lost, those injured, and all impacted by the tragedy that occurred on our campus earlier this year. Read more

Statement regarding Presidential Announcement
Dec. 8, 2023

I enthusiastically welcome Kevin Guskiewicz as Michigan State University's 22nd president. Read more

Video message to the Spartan community
Nov. 16, 2023

As I did last year at this time, I am sending you my monthly Spartan community message in the form of a video. Read more

Supporting our students
Nov. 10, 2023 

As we approach December graduation, I find myself thinking about our students and our ultimate goal of enabling their success. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Oct. 27, 2023

The report of the university since our last Board of Trustees meeting has been eventful. Read more

Detroit News guest column: Michigan's URC Leading the Way in Sustainable Innovation
Oct. 26, 2023

Research universities are uniquely positioned and carry great responsibility to expand our understanding of the crisis through research, developing sustainable solutions through innovation and testing, and fostering change through the education of tomorrow’s leaders. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
Oct. 26, 2023

The news these past few weeks has been challenging. But the light of education pushes out darkness, and I have hope for tomorrow because of our students, faculty and staff and their good work. Read more

The work we must do
Oct. 22, 2023

I am deeply sorry for the image displayed at Spartan Stadium, which made many of our community feel alienated and unsafe. It was unacceptable. I asked last evening for a full review of this university event and will take all necessary steps to align our messages and actions to our values. Read more

Interim president's statement on NCAA investigation of U-M football
Oct. 19, 2023

As we look forward to the football game this Saturday, we are chagrined by the news of the NCAA investigation and we echo the Big Ten Conference’s commitment to integrity. Read more

Feb. 13 after-action review
Oct. 17, 2023

Today, we write to share with you an independent after-action review of the university’s response conducted by Security Risk Management Consultants LLC. Read more

Confronting sexual harassment
Oct. 12, 2023

We are resolved to confront factors in our environment that enable sexual harassment in any form. Many at MSU are contributing to this work, and all of us have a role. Read more 

Spartan Community Letter
Sept. 29, 2023

The final numbers are in for our fall semester enrollment, and I am thrilled to share them with you, together with other current updates, in this month’s Spartan Community Letter. Read more

The measure of our rise
Sept. 18, 2023

The world measures greatness through external rankings. Here, I provide their assessment of our rise. Read more

Our Commitment
Sept. 11, 2023

A year ago, I asked each of you to “look upward” to find strength, confidence and Spartan pride. With yesterday’s news, it might feel as if we have fallen backward toward the MSU of old. Let me be clear: we have not. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Sept. 8, 2023

Good morning, everyone, and welcome to the fall semester.  I hope everyone had a great summer and is returning recharged for an exciting academic year. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
Aug. 29, 2023

I want to begin with a big MSU welcome to the newest Spartans, who start classes this week: the class of 2027, MSU’s 166th graduating class. Read more

My Spartan Best
Aug. 20, 2023

I was honored to be asked and then unanimously voted by the Board of Trustees to serve in an interim role as president, leading this great university at a moment of extraordinary board and administrative tumult and uncertainty. Read more

Classes will not meet on Feb. 13, 2024
Aug. 1, 2023

As we prepare for our next academic year and collective return to campus, I have appreciated the focus from all corners of our community on healing and fostering an environment in which we feel safe, welcomed, and supported. Read more

Michigan State University budget update
July 13, 2023

We are pleased to share with you an update on the university’s fiscal year 2023-24 operating budget, which was approved by the Board of Trustees during its June board meeting. Read more

Statement regarding state budget update
June 29, 2023

I appreciate the legislature and Gov. Whitmer for their continued investment in higher education. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
June 28, 2023

Summer might bring a more serene aspect to our lovely campus, but it remains an extraordinarily busy place with classes for thousands of Spartans, the continued work of discovery in our laboratories and a variety of summer camps. Read more

Lansing State Journal guest column: MSU believes in community
June 22, 2023

We believe the threads of town and gown are strengthened when intertwined into a tapestry of neighbors and friends. Read more

Crain's Detroit Business guest column: Look upward, Detroit
June 20, 2023

Detroit's skyline is a little greener. Last week, Michigan State University demonstrated anew its faith in Detroit through our investment in the iconic Fisher Building. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
June 16, 2023

Good morning and welcome to today’s board meeting. It is wonderful to spend part of the week here in Grand Rapids for our annual board retreat and meeting. Read more

Crain's Detroit Business guest column: Working together to move Michigan into the future
May 31, 2023

We know that Michigan's key business areas – manufacturing, automotive, health care and agriculture – rely on us as partners in developing the tools, technologies and talent to meet the demands of these evolving industries. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
May 24, 2023

Our graduation ceremonies this month were the perfect meeting of people and place. Read more

Vice President for MSU's Office for Civil Rights and Title IX named
May 11, 2023

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new vice president of the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance, Laura Rugless. Read more

Campus safety initiatives update
April 28, 2023

As the semester comes to a close, we write regarding important updates on our university response following the violence experienced on campus on Feb. 13. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
April 26, 2023

The most anticipated time of our academic year is here, as nearly 9,500 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral students complete assignments and prepare for final exams and commencement on May 5. Read more

RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup leadership changes
April 26, 2023

Since 2018, Dr. Rebecca Campbell and MSU Police Deputy Chief Andrea Munford have served as co-chairs of the RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup, and since 2019 both have served as special advisors to the president. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
April 21, 2023

This morning we meet in public session for the first time since the violence that gripped our campus community on Feb. 13. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
March 29, 2023

Academics, athletics and the arts are all important parts of the university experience, and this month they brought Spartans together to celebrate excellence, to cheer and to heal. Read more

New personal observance days for MSU employees
March 28, 2023

I am pleased to announce the addition of new personal observance days for university employees. Read more

MSU Police and Public Safety leadership structure
March 14, 2023

I am announcing that Vice President Marlon Lynch will become vice president and chief safety officer, pending the Board of Trustees' approval at its April meeting, with the chief of police position becoming its own stand-alone role reporting to him. Read more

Actions to improve campus safety
March 1, 2023

Creating a safer and more welcoming campus is a stated goal of Michigan State University. The injury and loss of life that occurred Feb. 13 commits us to do more and better. Read more

Update on Coordination of Resource and Response Efforts
Feb. 27, 2023

Since the night of February 13, I have been meeting daily with the university’s senior leadership team and every aspect of the university has been activated in our response. Read more

Spartan Community Letter
Feb. 27, 2023

Four months ago, I asked you to look upward to see the possibility of a shared future. And then, on Feb. 13, our present was senselessly shattered by acts of violence. And tears have since veiled our sight. Read more

Spartan community update
Feb. 16, 2023

Today, everyone is a Spartan. On your behalf, I have accepted calls, texts, and emails from MSU alums and retirees, government officials, institutional leaders and concerned Spartan community members from around the world wishing our campus strength and healing. Spartan green is everywhere, and your spirit is shining through. Read more

Message to MSU Community Following the Campus Shootings
Feb. 14, 2023

Please see my video message below about last night's tragic shootings on our East Lansing campus. Read more

Update on canceled classes and modified operations
Feb. 14, 2023

Yesterday was a day of shock and horror, and our Spartan hearts are broken. Read more

Letter to Students: Update on Campus Shooting -  Shelter in Place Lifted
Feb. 14, 2023

As many of you are aware, the past few hours have been devastating for our Spartan community. Read more

Letter to Faculty and Staff: Update on Campus Shooting -  Shelter in Place Lifted
Feb. 14, 2023

We write to update you with information related to the devastating shootings that took place on our East Lansing campus yesterday evening. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Feb. 10, 2023

I was proud to revive the State of the University address last month. It was a wonderful opportunity to recognize some of the progress we have made in the 2030 strategic plan and honor several examples of MSU’s excellence, equity and impact. Read more

Statement regarding threats of violence in Michigan schools 
Feb. 8, 2023

I am appalled by the threats of violence that have recently been received in various schools and districts in Michigan. Read more

Statement regarding tragedy in Türkiye and Syria
Feb. 7, 2023

I am deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused by the earthquake in Türkiye and Syria. Read more

Know More Survey Campus Input Sessions
Feb. 2, 2023

We write to invite you to join a series of campus input sessions to discuss in depth the results of the 2022 Know More Campus SurveyRead more

Spartan Community Letter
Jan. 30, 2023

With a new semester and calendar year underway, I am pleased to share some exciting recent developments and upcoming events with you. Read more

Statement regarding Governor Whitmer’s State of the State Address
Jan. 25, 2023

I applaud the governor’s charge to increase college access for residents through the Michigan Achievement Scholarship and her commitment to bringing manufacturing and semiconductor supply chains to Michiga...Read more

Statement regarding recent violence toward the APIDA and Asian communities
Jan. 23, 2023

I join Spartans across our campus and beyond in shock and grief over the recent violence toward the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and Asian communities in California and Indiana. Read more

Know More Campus Survey results
Jan. 17, 2023

Last spring, more than 11,500 students, faculty and staff participated in an online campus climate survey designed to assess the culture, perceptions and policies associated with Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) at Michigan State University.  Read more

Statement regarding appointment to MSU Board of Trustees
Dec. 27, 2022

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today appointed Sandra Pierce to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees. Read more

Year-end thoughts and thanks
Dec. 21, 2022

Fall semester is behind us now, with more than 188,000 grades recorded and 5,000 Spartan graduates on their way to the next chapter in their lives. Graduation was a grand and celebratory event! Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Dec. 16, 2022

I am honored to preside at the first Board of Trustees meeting since my appointment as interim president a month and a half ago. And I am pleased to say that the board and I are working in good faith and in good coordination on the top priorities laid out by our bylaws, customs and the university’s strategic plans. Read more

Honoring and celebrating our Spartan community
Dec. 8, 2022

As 2022 draws to a close, I want to pause and reflect on the past year and to honor and celebrate our Spartan community. Read more

Michigan's universities are a big key to tech-driven future
Crain's Detroit Business guest column
Dec. 7, 2022

The university is a key talent asset for the state, annually graduating thousands of students with cutting-edge knowledge and practical skills into the workforce. Read more

Response to Big Ten Conference review and sanctions
Nov. 28, 2022

Our institution does not excuse the concerning actions by some of our student-athletes. At the same time, we challenge ourselves collectively to be thoughtful in how we approach this situation so that further harm isn’t needlessly done. Read more

What MSU must get right about Title IX and where we need to go
Lansing State Journal guest column
Nov. 26, 2022

I remember, very clearly, the first time I experienced harassment because of my gender. It was not subtle. Harassment is a behavior we have been working to address in higher education and the workplace for generations. Read more

Statement regarding MSU and U of M football player
Nov. 23, 2022

The university and our athletic department will continue to evaluate this matter and cooperate with any investigative reviews. Read more

Statement regarding harmful comments toward MSU hockey player
Nov. 22, 2022

I am dismayed to learn one of our hockey players reported being the recipient of racial slurs from an opposing player at a recent game. Read more

Statement following announcement of charges filed in UM post-game incident
Nov. 22, 2022

I do not condone inappropriate behavior by anyone on our campus or when representing MSU. And consequences are part of a learning environment, which were announced today. Read more

Thoughts for this season
Nov. 22, 2022

As I reflect on this time in the seasonal and semester calendar, and on the recent transition in university leadership, I am immeasurably thankful for everything you bring to our collective purpose of creating knowledge and opportunity ­and preparing individuals, families and communities to thrive in the dynamic world we all share. Read more

Statement regarding violence toward LGBTQA+ community
Nov. 21, 2022

Our hearts hang heavy this morning for members of our LGBTQA+ community who are grieving the loss and harm to members of the Colorado Springs community. Read more

Statement regarding tragedy at University of Virginia
Nov. 14, 2022

I am keeping the University of Virginia students and colleagues in my heart and thoughts...Read more

MSU Community Statement
Nov. 7, 2022

Together, we will persevere and meet our institutional mission in which every member of the MSU community is bound by our duty to improve the lives of others. Read more