Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., issued the following statement after learning of the passing of longtime Spartan, humanitarian and philanthropist Eli Broad:
“I am deeply saddened by the passing of MSU alumnus, humanitarian and philanthropist Eli Broad and my heart is with Edythe and the entire Broad family.
“Eli was a selfless, kindhearted man who dedicated much of his life to making the lives of others better. From the classroom to the board room, altruism was the backbone of his mission, and Eli embodied what it means to be a Spartan.
“His impact on Michigan State University and Spartans everywhere will be felt for decades to come. We are forever grateful for his service, generosity and his passion for his alma mater.”