Covid-19 impact on retirement contributions
April 29, 2022
Throughout the pandemic, we’ve worked to keep MSU faculty and staff updated on the impact COVID-19 has had on our finances and operations at the university. We greatly appreciate the sacrifices many have made during these last two years and your continued dedication to our collective mission despite hardship. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
April 28, 2022
Classes are wrapping up, final exams are next week, and I’m eagerly anticipating graduation ceremonies for some 9,200 soon-to-be Spartan alumni. It’s truly a joyous time of year, and I’d like to congratulate the class of 2022, including 179 students who have been named Board of Trustees Scholars for earning a 4.0 cumulative GPA. Our graduates’ success is Michigan State University’s pride as they move to their next chapters bearing valuable degrees and memories to uplift them for a lifetime. Read more
Investing in students’ well-being
April 27, 2022
National College Health Assessment survey data tells us that for our student community, the top five impediments to academic success are health related. As part of our continued investment in services to support students’ well-being, I’m pleased to announce that MSU will launch a pilot partnership with a leading teletherapy platform, Uwill, on May 15. Read more
Important update on COVID-19 Directives
April 15, 2022
As we conclude the spring semester, it is clear our COVID‑19 mitigation efforts were successful in allowing MSU to continue most in-person classes and activities safely. I want to thank the members of our community for their efforts: Your diligence and sacrifice the past year, and since the pandemic began in winter 2020, are greatly appreciated. Read more
Supporting our MSU community
April 14, 2022
Many of you may be aware of the tragic loss of a young Black man who was killed last week in Grand Rapids. Patrick Lyoya was shot on April 4 by a Grand Rapids police officer during a traffic stop, and the video footage of his death was shared yesterday by the Grand Rapids Police Department. Read more
The Facility for Rare Isotope Beams to open at MSU
April 5, 2022
I’m proud to announce the upcoming opening of the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University. And I invite you to learn more about this unique facility on the Discover FRIB website. Read more
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and it marks one year since Michigan State University released the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Strategic Plan, one of three strategic planning efforts that took place across the MSU community last year. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
March 30, 2022
Students back from spring break and more seasonal weather are bringing our campus back to life and giving me new opportunities to greet people on my morning walk to the office from Cowles House. Those encounters remind me how fortunate those of us studying and working at MSU are to be part of an institution that is so transformational to many. Read more
Following public health guidance from federal, state and local officials, beginning March 6 masks will no longer be required in most indoor settings on property owned or controlled by MSU. However, masks remain required in instructional settings (including in all classrooms, academic labs and shared research spaces) during course instruction and research activities. For all MSU athletic events, masks and vaccine verification no longer are required as of March 6 as well. Read more
MSU's next vice president of university advancement
March 1, 2022
Today I am announcing my selection for MSU’s next vice president of university advancement, Kimberly Tobin. Her appointment is subject to Board of Trustees approval during the Board’s April meeting. Read more
Share your voice through the Know More Campus Survey
March 1, 2022
As MSU continues to focus on improving the university’s culture and emphasizing the importance of a safer, more inclusive campus, I am proud to announce the next Know More Campus Survey will be launched in a few weeks. Read more
Supporting our Spartan Community
Feb. 25, 2022
I’ve been deeply troubled by the Russian government’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine and the quickly escalating conflict. It reminds us that these world events have an impact on many among our local and global Spartan community. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
Feb. 23, 2022
This month, Michigan State University marked the 167th year since its establishment by the state of Michigan. From the 63 students, five faculty members and three buildings on campus when we opened our doors in May 1857, today we enroll 49,659 students, engage some 30,000 faculty, academic staff, graduate assistants and support staff and operate 564 campus buildings. Read more
Early last year, we wrote to reaffirm our commitment to a safer, more inclusive campus climate we all can be proud of. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
Jan. 31, 2022
A new semester is underway at Michigan State University following an eventful fall semester. A Peach Bowl win was a great way to help close 2021, and I appreciate all who joined us for the game. Read more
Booster verification process is now live
Jan. 26, 2022
As we approach the Feb. 1 deadline for students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID‑19 booster, the process to submit your information is now live using MSU’s vaccine verification form. This is the same system used to record your original vaccinations. Read more
Update on search for Brendan Santo
Jan. 21, 2022
We are saddened to share that after more than two months of extensive searching using countless resources and support from so many of you and members of the public from nearly every corner of the state and country, MSU Police and Public Safety has recovered a body believed to be Brendan Santo from the Red Cedar River. Read more
With our continued mask mandate, high vaccination rates and most students and faculty boosted, we believe we are well-positioned to resume in-person classes Monday, Jan. 31, as planned. Read more
MSU financial update
Jan. 12, 2022
The onset of the pandemic introduced significant uncertainty and concern for the well-being of members of our campus community. It also impacted the financial position of Michigan State University, as it did for all of higher education and the U.S. economy. Read more
Deadline to submit booster information is Feb. 1
Jan. 10, 2022
As I communicated to you in mid-December, to help ensure the health, safety and well-being of all Spartans the university has added booster shoots to our COVID‑19 vaccine requirement. The deadline for students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID‑19 booster and submit their information is Feb. 1. Read more
Taking action to support survivors
Jan. 6, 2022
We are launching a significant effort based on of one of the actions outlined in the RVSM Strategic Plan. Read more
Given the intense recent surge in COVID-19 cases, we now feel the best decision for our campus is to start classes primarily remotely on Jan. 10 and for at least the first three weeks of the semester. Read more
Preparing for January return to campus
Dec. 29, 2021
As university leaders continue to monitor COVID-19 cases during this holiday season and the presence of the Omicron variant, I wanted to provide a few reminders and updates regarding our upcoming return to campus and the start of the Spring 2022 semester. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
Dec. 20, 2021
Last week I joined colleagues from across the university, trustees and honored guests to mark a joyful milestone for our latest Spartan graduates at our fall commencement ceremonies. Read more
MSU to require COVID-19 boosters
Dec. 17, 2021
To better protect our campus community and allow for continued in-person learning and experiences, Michigan State University is expanding its COVID-19 vaccine mandate and will be requiring all students, faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster, beginning with the spring 2022 semester. Read more
Update on new COVID-19 testing, next semester
Dec. 14, 2021
As we end the fall 2021 semester, I want to take a moment to look ahead to spring and share important updates on what the university is doing to mitigate the risk of COVID-19, including a new partnership to bring additional PCR testing to campus, beginning tomorrow. Read more
Employee recognition bonus
Dec. 13, 2021
As we conclude this semester, I want to offer our deepest gratitude for all you have been doing every single day to advance MSU’s vital mission. Read more
President Biden’s Executive Order 14042 requires employees of organizations that contract with the federal government — such as Michigan State University — to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, with limited exceptions, and provide documented proof of vaccination by Jan. 18, 2022. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
Nov. 23, 2021
I want to share a few items you might find of interest as many of us prepare for Thanksgiving and the busy holiday season it kicks off. Read more
Extended employee holiday break
Nov. 19, 2021
In appreciation of the MSU community and all that we have accomplished together during the past 20 months, the university is pleased to provide an extended break to employees from Dec. 24, 2021, through Jan. 3, 2022. Read more
Addressing campus safety concerns
Nov. 12, 2021
Recent events both on and near campus have caused concern for many in our community. I want to reassure Spartans — near and far — our campus remains a safe place to live, learn and work. Read more
Pay raise for faculty and academic staff
Nov. 12, 2021
Effective Jan. 1, 2022, non-unionized faculty and academic staff hired on or before June 30, 2021, will receive a 2% merit raise to their base salary. Read more
As we look toward the end of the fall 2021 semester, I want to thank all of you for your commitment to health and safety as we continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The efforts we have put in place, including a vaccine mandate and required face coverings inside all MSU buildings, have allowed us to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
Oct. 26, 2021
You can feel the excitement building on campus, across the state and even beyond for this weekend’s football rivalry game, as our two undefeated teams seek to establish bragging rights for another year. Read more
New structure for student services
Oct. 8, 2021
One year ago, we embarked on a new structure for our Student Affairs and Services programs, aligning these important programs more closely with Residential and Hospitality Services. This was due in part to some staffing changes, but also to better align programs supporting our students. Read more
DEI Foundations online education program
Oct. 5, 2021
DEI Foundations sets the tone for MSU and emphasizes our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more
Nicole Schmidtke will temporarily be serving as MSU’s Title IX Coordinator. Read more
Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Oct. 1, 2021
The Michigan State University Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available. This report is required by federal law and contains valuable information concerning safety and security at MSU. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
Sept. 30, 2021
This week is homecoming week at Michigan State University, with many ways to participate virtually or in person and express your Spartan pride. Read more
University financial update for faculty and staff
Sept. 27, 2021
As the end of September approaches, three important factors that impact our university budget are becoming clearer, so I want to take this opportunity to provide another update on our financial situation. Read more
Henry Ford - MSU Health Sciences Unveils Its New Brand
Sept. 15, 2021
The two world-class institutions have a bold vision to discover and advance a new standard of health to transform life. Read more
MSU Strategic Plan released
Sept. 14, 2021
Over the past 20 months, the strategic planning steering committee has engaged students, staff, faculty, alumni and donors. The collective contributions of the Spartan community, together with guidance and endorsement from the MSU Board of Trustees, have created a robust, shared vision for our future. Read more
Remembering 9/11 twenty years later
Sept. 9, 2021
On Sept. 11, 2001, four airplanes were hijacked by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda to carry out attacks against U.S. targets including the Pentagon in Washington D.C. and the World Trade Center in New York City. Two decades later, we are still trying to make sense of the destruction, loss of life and broad impact on the nation. Read more
August Community Letter
Aug. 31, 2021
I marked my second anniversary at this great university earlier this month and, last week, greeted students moving onto campus for a new academic year. Read more
Byelich Announces Retirement Plans
Aug. 26, 2021
Dave Byelich, vice president for planning and budgets, will be stepping down later this fall and beginning the transition to retirement. He has served the university in various roles since 1978. Read more
Looking back and looking forward
Aug. 16, 2021
As I enter my third year as MSU’s president, I’m looking forward to the fall semester in front of us. Nothing compares to the excitement that a fall return brings to our beautiful campus. (With video link) Read more
Barr accepts new position with Princeton University
Aug. 10, 2021
Secretary of the Board of Trustees Nakia White Barr has informed me that she accepted a position as assistant vice president in the Office of the President at Princeton University and will be returning to her home state of New Jersey. Read more
I want to provide you with additional direction on where and how to provide verification of your vaccination status and the exemption process for those who have medical or religious reasons for not getting a COVID-19 vaccination. Read more
Updated COVID-19 requirements for the fall semester
July 30, 2021
Recent developments and changes for the fall semester include vaccine and mask requirements. Read more
Statement on passing of Sen. Carl Levin
July 30, 2021
I am saddened to learn of the passing of Michigan’s longstanding senior statesman, Carl Levin, and my sincerest condolences go out to his family and loved ones. Read more
Mandatory student COVID-19 vaccine survey
July 22, 2021
To help us prepare for fall, MSU is requiring all students to fill out a brief survey on whether they have been vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more
Spartan Community Letter
July 2, 2021
July is here and we’re all looking forward to a season of activities and gatherings many of us missed so much in the past year. I sense energy and excitement as we prepare for fall semester and a full campus once again, and I’d like to provide some updates on current issues and events. Read more
Update on COVID-19 rules for summer, fall
June 28, 2021
Over the past two months, the state of Michigan has seen a remarkable turnaround as COVID‑19 cases rapidly decline. While we know we must be cautious — some COVID variants are severely impacting unvaccinated individuals — this positive news led to recent decisions on the state’s public health and workplace rules and provided guidance for MSU’s fall semester. I want to update you on how that impacts the MSU community. Read more
This week, I am recommending Doug Gage to the Board of Trustees as the next vice president for research and innovation. Read more
Vice President Heil to Retire
June 10, 2021
It is with a sense of deep gratitude that I announce our Vice President of University Advancement Marti K.S. Heil will be retiring and ending her distinguished service to MSU. Read more
Effective June 9, fully vaccinated individuals can enter indoor spaces on campus or property governed by MSU without a face covering. Read more
MSU sustainability update
June 4, 2021
Sustainability is rooted in MSU’s very foundations. MSU continues its strong leadership in sustainability through curriculum, cutting-edge research, experiential learning, community engagement and sustainable operations. Read more
May MSU update
May 26, 2021
Attending graduation ceremonies is always a fulfilling way to close the academic year. It was with much pride I joined trustees, distinguished guests and deans to congratulate Michigan State University’s 9,000-plus graduates in person and virtually earlier this month. Read more
Update on financial situation
May 19, 2021
In addition to the personal toll that COVID-19 has taken on so many in our community, MSU has also had to manage the financial impacts of the pandemic. Read more
Bringing more employees back to campus
May 17, 2021
MSU remains committed to your safety as we plan for more employees to return to in-person work. Read more
MSU removes outdoor mask requirement
May 10, 2021
Effective today, masks will no longer be needed in outdoor settings on campus or MSU-affiliated properties for individuals or small gatherings. Read more
You helped make this year a success
May 4, 2021
I want to express my gratitude to our deans, colleges and all the faculty and staff for making great efforts to safely deliver so many in-person graduation ceremonies this season. Read more
Best wishes and thank you!
May 4, 2021
To our spring 2021 graduates across all our colleges and degree levels, I once again offer my warmest congratulations on your achievements and very best wishes for what comes next. Read more
Statement on the passing of Eli Broad
April 30, 2021
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. Read more
Graduation and other MSU milestones
April 28, 2021
This has been such a busy, challenging year that it’s hard to believe this weekend we will celebrate the graduation of MSU’s Class of 2021. More than 9,000 Spartans will carry their degrees, knowledge and uncommon will into the world. Read more
I asked the RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup to build upon the strong work that they have already done over the past few years and develop a five-year plan for moving forward that will hold us accountable for our commitment to foster a safer campus community. The workgroup has delivered on that request by providing a values-based plan that outlines recommendations for programming, policy changes, training and other initiatives centered on trauma-informed and intersectional practices. Read more
Many in our community have been profoundly impacted by the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The verdict marked the culmination of nearly one year of calls for justice following our anger over the death of George Floyd and the killings of Black Americans by police. Read more
Students – you are now eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine
April 5, 2021
Today is a day I’ve looked forward to since Michigan State University started remote learning more than a year ago. Now anyone 16 years of age and older, including international students, is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Read more.
I am pleased to announce the selection of Lisa Frace as MSU’s first senior vice president and chief financial officer. Read more
Supporting success and safety
March 24, 2021
Spring has officially arrived, and I’m sure you, too, look forward to the warmer weather it brings as well as the prospect of opportunities to gather safely. Read more
We recognize that persistent racism against Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA) and Asian individuals and communities has a long history in American society, and it has only been exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more
U.K. coronavirus variant identified in campus community
March 16, 2021
Detecting this variant reinforces the need for everyone on campus and in our greater East Lansing community to continue careful health and safety practices. Read more
Our year of challenge
March 9, 2021
This week marks a year of remote instruction, study or work for many of us at Michigan State University as well as contributions from those who have remained on campus. Read more
MSU plans for more typical fall semester
March 5, 2021
I am pleased to share that the university is planning for a more typical fall semester, with 75% of undergraduate classes offered in person. Read more
DEI Foundations online program
Feb. 22, 2021
DEI Foundations is intended to heighten awareness and take a step toward ensuring all members of our community feel welcome, respected and included, which are prerequisites to offering an environment where all can succeed. Read more
Planning a safe graduation
Feb. 19, 2021
Extreme weather across the country this week reminded us winter is far from over. For those of us making plans and developing programs and initiatives, spring might seem like it’s just around the corner. Read more
Task Force on Racial Equity webcasts
Feb. 3, 2021
Webcast discussions with leaders of the Task Force on Racial Equity, moderated by the co-chairs of MSU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee, are available for viewing. I’d like to invite you to view the recommendations of the task force working groups and my responses, along with those recorded conversations. Read more
COVID-19 variant in Michigan
Jan. 25, 2021
This particular variant is more contagious and could lead to increased cases, hospitalizations and deaths. I believe if we work together, we can help protect one another. Read more
Celebrating MLK and the start of a new semester
Jan. 21, 2021
The calendar’s turn marked a new year and a new semester, with online undergraduate instruction pushed back to this week to comply with Michigan’s COVID-19 requirements. Our campus is welcoming 4,000 students back to residence halls this semester, and classes meeting in person will start next week. Read more
Eradicating RVSM remains key priority for MSU
Jan. 15, 2021
We all want a campus climate that is safe, inclusive and one we are proud of — a climate that is vigilant in preventing sexual misconduct, one that better protects survivors and one that is inclusive of all people. We must build a climate in which all members of our campus feel emotionally and physically safe and respected. Read more
Task Force on Racial Equity recommendations
Jan. 14, 2021
I identified three areas of focus for the task force: campus climate and safety, policing, and faculty and staff diversity. Those task force working groups delivered their recommendations, and I’ve formulated some initial responses. Read more
Important COVID-19 vaccine information
Jan. 8, 2021
While the COVID-19 pandemic has had a horrific impact on many across the world, our country and in the MSU community, I am heartened by the fact that two safe and effective vaccines are being administered by state and local health departments across the country. Read more
Statement on violence at U.S. Capitol
Jan. 7, 2021
America has faced dissent in many forms through its history, but yesterday’s disorder and violence in Washington, D.C., is especially unsettling. Read more
Thank you, students
Dec. 22, 2020
The fall 2020 semester is behind us now, and I’m sure many of you are ready to bring a tough year to a close. A lot has been asked of you, and you responded. Read more
Thank you, faculty and staff
Dec. 22, 2020
While our campus looked different this year, the strength and resilience you have displayed ensured that we were able to continue the important work of our great university. Read more
Start of classes delayed for spring 2021 semester
Dec. 21, 2020
As a community, we are following the guidelines put forth by the state and must all do our part to stop the spread of the virus. Read more
Spartans step up in a challenging year
Dec. 17, 2020
As fall semester concludes and many look forward to a welcome break, allow me to share some recent developments with our Spartan community. Read more
Setting up for success in the spring semester
Dec. 10, 2020
As we have from the outset, we will remain flexible and continue to adapt as necessary to protect each of you and our community. Read more
Wishing you a safe holiday break
Nov. 19, 2020
As students, faculty and staff look forward to next week’s fall break, I want to send my best wishes for a joyful and safe holiday to all. I’m sure alumni across the globe join us in a shared desire to be among family and friends at this special time. Read more
How new state order impacts MSU
Nov. 16, 2020
The virus continues to spread, and we need to take the actions we know will stop or slow it down. Read more
Keep your guard up
Nov. 12, 2020
What we decide to do today can save lives tomorrow. Let’s all work together to do what is right. Read more.
Thanksgiving departure testing for students
Nov. 5, 2020
With the end of the semester and fall break just a few weeks away, MSU is offering free, saliva-based departure screening and testing for on- and off-campus students and strongly encourages students who are traveling to participate. Read more.
Tomorrow is Election Day
Nov. 2, 2020
While it’s quite possible we may not know the outcome tomorrow night, we do know that as Spartans, we will wake up Wednesday and continue working to create stronger, healthier, more prosperous tomorrows. Read more.
Together, we can and will create a campus that is inclusive and reflective of the university we all are proud to call our own. Read more.
October update for all Spartans
Oct. 23, 2020
Here we are already halfway through fall semester, less than two weeks to the national election and a day away from the start of Spartan football. Read more.
Plans for spring 2021 semester
Oct. 22, 2020
I know many of you have questions about the spring semester; here are highlights of recent MSU leadership decisions. Read more.
Our duty to vote, our commitment to community
Oct. 20, 2020
Today marks exactly two weeks before the general election after months of a turbulent political season. I take immense pride in voting, and I truly believe it is our civic duty to vote in every election — no matter how big or small the issues may seem. Read more.
Important new tool in fight against COVID-19
Oct. 15, 2020
In partnership with the state health department, MSU is bringing an important new tool to the fight against COVID-19. Read more.
Update on MSU’s financial situation
Oct. 14, 2020
Despite our challenges, we will continue providing a world-class education, conducting high-caliber research and advancing outreach and engagement locally and globally. Read more.
Cheering safely for the Spartans
Oct. 13, 2020
We must embrace the excitement for the return of Big Ten football responsibly. Read more.
MSU health and safety directives still in effect
Oct. 6, 2020
The recent MI Supreme Court ruling does not change the health directives and orders we have for Michigan State University. Read more.
I am pleased to announce the selection of Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., as Michigan State University’s vice president and chief diversity officer. Pending approval by the Board of Trustees at its October meeting, Dr. Bennett will start Dec. 1. Read more.
Help recognize leaders in diversity
Oct. 5, 2020
As MSU continues its vital work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion, the opportunity to recognize those moving us toward a more safe, respectful, welcoming and supportive campus is presented once again. Read more.
MSU remains committed to living our values
Oct. 2, 2020
While our campus and nation work to create a more equitable and inclusive society through awareness, dialogue and action, we want to reemphasize our commitment at Michigan State University to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education. Read more.
COVID-19 has been hard on our community. It has been especially hard on the mental health of our students and employees. I write to you today to acknowledge those difficulties and to remind you of the resources that are here for you. Read more.
While the university is actively reviewing the proposed rule submitted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, we will say that the spirit of this proposed rule is deeply concerning and a flagrant disregard for the value our international students and scholars bring to American universities and colleges. Read more.
Moving forward in a new academic year
Sept. 18, 2020
As I enter my second year as president of our great university, I want to thank all who have made me feel welcome. I also thank all those who continue to demonstrate Spartan spirit by rising to the significant challenges posed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
Extending appointment of VP Marti Heil
Sept. 16, 2020
I am pleased to share that I am extending the appointment of Vice President for University Advancement Marti Heil, whose original term at MSU ends next month. She now will serve on an at-will continuing basis like other executive managers at the university. Read more.
Statement on resuming college football
Sept. 16, 2020
I support this decision to allow a modified fall football season. MSU will adhere to the regulations put forth by the Big Ten Conference to move forward in a safe and thoughtful manner. Read more.
Successful institutions are always growing and evolving and MSU is no different. Even in the most challenging of times, like we find ourselves in today as we face the coronavirus and its numerous impacts on our institution, we must continue to plan for the future. Read more.
Early detection remains critical to mitigating the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more.
An open letter to Spartans
Sept. 9, 2020
If you are new to MSU, welcome! If you are returning, welcome back! I’m writing to you today as president of Michigan State University and also as a parent. We are glad to have you here, whether in person or virtually. Read more.
Message to staff: Thank you from President Stanley
Sept. 4, 2020
I want to thank you all for your commitment and dedication to our great university. Read more.
Message to the community: Setting expectations for our fall semester
Aug. 28, 2020
This pandemic has tested our resolve. From its onset, it has been unpredictable and continues to remind us that we are on its timeline, not ours. But as Spartans, our will carries on. Read more.
Living our values of inclusion and respect
Aug. 27, 2020
The Spartan community sends our thoughts and prayers to Jacob Blake and his family, and the countless other families impacted by similar tragedies. Read more.
Message to the community: Fall semester plans change
Aug. 18, 2020
Effective immediately, we will be asking undergraduate students who planned to live in our residence halls this fall to stay in their current locations and continue their education with MSU remotely. Read more.
I know how disappointed the whole Spartan community is over the cancellation of fall sports. But safety remains our top priority, and we are still focused on creating a safe environment in which our university’s mission can continue. Read more.
Whether we are 6 feet apart or you are 6,000 miles away, I want to make sure everyone feels part of a successful and socially engaged fall semester at MSU. Read more.
As MSU makes final preparations for the start of classes this fall semester and reacts to the newest state executive orders and updates from government leaders, I wanted to provide an update to help describe the student experience and set campus expectations. Read more.
MSU has long encouraged Spartans to participate in civic engagement. An important opportunity is the Michigan primary election on Aug. 4. Read more.
Campus will undoubtedly look different this year. But one thing will be the same as it is year after year: our drive to come together as a community and our determination in the face of adversity. Read more.
MSU Police Department leadership transition
Jul. 20, 2020
MSU Police Department Chief Kelly Roudebush recently informed me she will be going on medical leave effective July 21. I am appointing Assistant Chief Doug Monette as interim chief. He will remain in this role while we conduct a national search for the next chief of our police department. Read more.
Following the departure of Paulette Granberry Russell, Acting Provost Thomas Jeitschko appointed Deborah Johnson to serve as the interim director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3). Read more.
We are carefully monitoring COVID-19 in Michigan and across the United States, as well as information from public health leaders. The next few weeks will be critical as we prepare for arrival on campus. We’ll be ready to adapt our plans, if needed, moving forward. Read more.
Back-to-campus planning website
Jul. 14, 2020
Our COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force, subcommittee members and many dedicated staff and faculty are working overtime to get the details right. You can learn more on our Together We Will website, recently redeveloped to make it easier for you to find the information and updates you need. Read more.
This is welcome news for all international students who come to our country to study at our colleges and universities. Read more.
The worldwide pandemic we’re all facing together has only highlighted the need for more global collaboration, not less. The federal government’s new policy that places additional restrictions on international students is profoundly concerning and incredibly unfair to those who have come to us to further their educations. Read more.
July 2020 campus update
Jul. 7, 2020
Since my first days at MSU last August, I have emphasized our shared mission of creating a safer, more diverse, more inclusive and welcoming campus. Events in recent months tragically and powerfully have driven home the importance of that goal, not only for our campus but also for our country. Read more.
Paulette Granberry Russell has accepted a position at California Polytechnic State University as Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Read more.
The challenges we, and every other institution of higher education in the country face in planning for a return that is as safe as possible, are significant. Read more.
This proclamation does nothing to make Americans safer in this global pandemic, but does harm the nation’s economic competitiveness by at least temporarily barring the entry of scientists and other skilled and motivated people from around the world into the United States. Read more.
Statement on MSU-related confirmed COVID-19 cases
Jun. 23, 2020
These positive cases underscore the importance of personal responsibility among our students, faculty and staff, and taking the necessary steps to protect ourselves and others from the unnecessary transmission of COVID-19. Read more.
As we close our fiscal year June 30 and look ahead to start the next budget cycle, I wanted to provide an update about some of the decisions and actions we are taking to address lost revenue. Read more.
Statement on U.S. Supreme Court DACA decision
Jun. 18, 2020
Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision preserving the DACA program, for now, is welcome news for Dreamers and for all of us celebrating the strength of our communities by keeping them here in their homes. Read more.
The horrific abuse and deaths of Black Americans cannot continue, and we all must demand answers and accountability. At MSU, we have a responsibility to uphold our values and a duty to honor them. Read more.
A message to alumni and donors
Jun. 4, 2020
We are living during a time of profound hurt, anger, frustration and, for many, a time of deep disappointment and despair regarding the recent high-profile violent events targeting Black Americans. Read more.
It is important, as Spartans, that we collectively understand and acknowledge the impact of racism and that the Black community is under attack in many ways right now. Read more.
Based on guidance from health care professionals, feedback from faculty, staff and students as well as MSU leadership and recommendations from the university’s COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force, I am writing today to inform you of our intention to bring Spartans back on campus this fall. Read more.
Provost transition update
May 20, 2020
As you may be aware, Teresa Sullivan’s tenure as Interim Provost will end on June 30 and Teresa Woodruff’s tenure begins on August 1. As such, I will be recommending Thomas Jeitschko, Associate Provost for Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate School to serve as Acting Provost for the month of July, pending approval by the Board of Trustees at their June meeting. Read more.
We received some good news this evening from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Executive Order 2020-90, signed today, allows laboratory research to resume under precautionary measures. Read more.
Letter to the MSU community
May 14, 2020
A most challenging spring semester is now behind us, and I trust this message finds you safe and well. I hope you have been keeping up with the many ways MSU is contributing to the community, state and national response to the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
Budget update for employees
May 11, 2020
I continue to be incredibly proud of the ways our Spartan community has responded to the coronavirus pandemic. The value of Michigan State University has never been clearer, as we translate our research into new testing technologies, extend the lifetime of key protective equipment and help educate more health care workers and get them to the front lines, all while continuing to provide our key education and extension services as resources to the residents of Michigan and beyond. Read more.
As we enter the end of the spring semester and seven weeks of profound changes affecting our daily lives, we would like to pause briefly to once again thank each of you for your collective hard work, patience and commitment. Read more.
COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force appointed
Apr. 24, 2020
MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. has established the COVID-19 Reopening Campus Task Force charged with developing and reviewing a range of scenarios for when and how to resume various on-campus activities. Read more.
Message to alumni: COVID-19 update
Apr. 21, 2020
As we face the global impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak — from health threats to social isolation, food insecurity, racism and economic instability — so many Spartans have found comfort and purpose in being there for others. Read more.
Student and community reliance on MSU force me to confront a growing threat. It is with a troubled heart that I must announce to you today a series of budget reductions as a result of the financial strains placed on the university due to the novel coronavirus. Read more.
Letter to the campus community
Apr. 6, 2020
The novel coronavirus continues to impact our daily lives, personally and professionally. I know this is a hard time, but the strength I’m seeing from our community is inspiring. I want each of you to know that Michigan State University is doing everything it can to keep people safe and still continue our commitment to an excellent education for our students. Read more.
Provost search update
Mar. 25, 2020
This search began on October 29 when I announced a diverse and inclusive search committee chaired by MSU Foundation Professor Beronda Montgomery and College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Dean Ronald Hendrick. Earlier this week the co-chairs recommended to me, with support from Parker Executive Search, a process for completing the search while adhering to the governor’s executive order and my campus directives regarding novel coronavirus precautions. Read more.
Presidential update: Governor's executive order
Mar. 23, 2020
As many of you know, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced a “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order that suspends in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. In the immediate hours following the order, MSU leaders worked with the governor’s office to determine the impact on our university’s workforce and operations. Read more.
Coronavirus update, cases confirmed
Mar. 19, 2020
I was informed today by the Ingham County Health Department of two confirmed cases of novel coronavirus connected to our university. Both individuals are being treated, and neither person is currently on our campus in East Lansing. On behalf of our Spartan community, I know you will join me in wishing them both a full recovery as they battle this virus. Read more.
Message to alumni
Mar. 18, 2020
As valued members of the Spartan family, I appreciate the trust you have placed in me to ensure the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the entire MSU community. I also want you to know that you are in my thoughts. I know you may feel stress and concern about keeping your own families and loved ones safe at this time. Read more.
Campus coronavirus update
Mar. 14, 2020
Today, we decided that all classes and instruction will continue to be offered in virtual settings through the conclusion of the semester, including finals. Students do not need to plan for the possibility of returning to campus by April 20 as we had originally announced earlier this week. The university remains committed to providing a strong education to all our students and especially helping those who are graduating this year to succeed. Read more.
MSU operations update
Mar. 13, 2020
We understand the growing number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in our state coupled with the K-12 school closings through April 5 will cause many employees added strain in the coming days and weeks. MSU intends to be as flexible and accommodating as possible during this situation as we maintain university operations and specifically continue to support students completing their academic coursework. Read more.
Modification to in-person classes
Mar. 11, 2020
Effective today at noon, MSU is suspending face-to-face instruction in lectures, seminars and classroom settings and moving coursework to virtual instruction. This suspension of in-person classes will last until Monday, April 20 and we will reevaluate this decision on an ongoing basis, sharing additional updates or modifications as more information becomes available. Read more.
Novel coronavirus update
Mar. 10, 2020
As the global epidemic associated with the novel coronavirus continues to rapidly evolve internationally and domestically, I want to reassure our community that we’re actively monitoring while preparing our campus to ensure the continued health and safety of all Spartans. Read more.
Coronavirus and campus updates
Feb. 27, 2020
Michigan State University continues to monitor the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, to ensure the safety of our campus community. Beyond public health considerations, we are concerned about the well-being of students affected by the impact of the outbreak. Read more.
Statement on impacts of coronavirus
Feb. 20, 2020
Delivered to the Asian Pacific American Student Organization’s town hall on coronavirus:
While I couldn’t be here in person, I want each of you to know that we understand your concerns and want you to feel supported and, most importantly, safe, as we continue to monitor the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China. Read more.
Addressing the bias incident at Wharton Center
Feb. 6, 2020
I write to you about another incident that has left many members of our community horribly offended, outraged and frustrated. It has prompted many to question the safety of our campus and our commitment to inclusivity. Read more.
Letter to the community
Jan. 17, 2020
This month, the MSU community joins together to celebrate the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Read more.
Letter to the community
Jan. 10, 2020
Near the end of last semester, I launched a comprehensive planning process around diversity, equity and inclusion. Read more.
Progress update in response to federal reviews
Jan. 3, 2020
I’m pleased to provide this update on our progress in addressing relationship violence and sexual misconduct issues, including important components of our response to reviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Read more.
Letter to the community
Dec. 19, 2019
With fall semester having drawn to a close and the holiday season just ahead, I want to update you on several aspects of our ongoing work at Michigan State and introduce a few important new initiatives. Read more.
Preparing for MSU's future (video)
Dec. 6, 2019
President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announces the launch of two key planning initiatives at Michigan State University. Read more.
Letter to the community
Dec. 6, 2019
Since I began my tenure as president four months ago, I have given much thought to the history of MSU and its vision for the future. Read more.
New MSU Board of Trustee announcement
Dec. 4, 2019
I look forward to meeting and working with Ms. Knake and welcoming her back into the MSU community. Read more.
Campus climate survey results, and next steps
Nov. 21, 2019
Last spring, more than 15,000 of our students, faculty and staff participated in an online campus climate survey. It was designed to assess the culture, perceptions and policies associated with RVSM at Michigan State. Read more.
Letter to the Community
Nov. 7, 2019
As I pass the three-month mark as MSU’s 21st president, I wanted to share a few updates and again thank the many Spartans who have welcomed me. I continue to be impressed with the university’s scope and scale, growing research portfolio, facilities, and outstanding students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Read more.
Provost search committee announcement
Oct. 29, 2019
I am pleased to announce a diverse, inclusive and distinguished search committee that will guide us through this process. The 22-person committee includes faculty, staff and students representing many areas of the university. Read more.
Fostering a safe and inclusive campus
Oct. 22, 2019
Our community has been affected in the past several days by incidents causing concern and anger. I, too, am concerned, because a safe, inclusive and respectful campus is my top priority. Hate has no home at Michigan State. We want every individual to feel welcomed, valued and heard. Read more.
Health care realignment
Oct. 11, 2019
I am pleased to announce a new alignment between the university’s three human health colleges and the creation of a position for executive vice president for health sciences. Read more.
Excellence in Diversity Award nominations
Oct. 8, 2019
The foundation for a safe, respectful and welcoming campus must include diversity, equity and inclusion. Every year, MSU’s Excellence in Diversity Recognition and Awards Program recognizes individuals, teams, units and organizations across campus for exemplary commitment to these principles and for their contributions to MSU. Read more.
Letter to the community
Oct. 3, 2019
It’s been a busy start to the academic year, and my first Homecoming as president of Michigan State University is already a pleasant memory. It was a wonderful experience to connect with so many Spartan alumni, students and friends of MSU. Read more.
Update: Search for new provost
Sept. 6, 2019
Following the resignation of the provost yesterday, I want to let the campus community know I will appoint an interim provost in the coming days. Read more.
As you may have seen in the news, two separate investigations by the U.S. Department of Education have concluded. They outline specifically how Michigan State University needs to improve in light of its handling of the Larry Nassar and William Strampel cases. Read more.
Letter to the community
Aug. 29, 2019
Students are settling in, faculty and staff are getting back into the school year routine, and it has been a busy first month for me as Michigan State’s 21st president. Read more.
Message to faculty and staff
Aug. 1, 2019
It’s a busy time with preparations for the new academic year nearing completion, but I wanted to drop a quick note to introduce myself and tell you how pleased I am to be here. Read more.
Letter to the community
May 31, 2019
Thank you to the entire Spartan family for the warm and wonderful welcome as I accepted the honor of being selected Michigan State University’s 21st president. Read more.