These past few days have been challenging for our community and for all who care about MSU. I know it has been frustrating and confusing to read about the situation in the media. Please know that I will share more information with you when I am able. In the meantime, let me reassure all of you of this: As president, my top priority has been and continues to be serving you, the people of MSU, and ensuring the health and safety of our community.
Advancing health and safety has been at the heart of my presidency since day one, and I know you share this commitment. Together, we have been working hard to advance a culture of support, free of discrimination, harassment, sexual misconduct and relationship violence. Culture change is difficult, and progress is seldom linear. But there is a unified commitment among Spartans to achieve the highest standards of care and safety, and we will remain steadfast in advancing this essential work.
As we navigate this difficult moment, I am confident our university will rise to our challenges and remain on an upward trajectory because I have great confidence in all of you — the students, staff, faculty and leaders of MSU. You are the source of our excellence, and together we will continue to strengthen our mission of advancing knowledge and transforming lives.
I remain in discussions with the Board of Trustees about my contract and future with MSU. But please know that I am most grateful to be your president and appreciate everything you have done and will continue to do to create a safer, more welcoming and more respectful campus where everyone can do their best work and achieve their full potential.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)