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National leader in higher education finance selected for new position
April 1, 2021

Following a national search, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., named Lisa Frace as the university’s first senior vice president and chief financial officer. Read more

MSU center renamed to be more reflective of LGBTQA+ community
March 31, 2021

Beginning July 1, the Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender Resource Center or LBGTRC within the Division of Student Affairs and Services at Michigan State University will be renamed The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center. Read more

MSU celebrates new, continued top-ranked graduate programs
March 30, 2021

In its 2022 America’s Best Graduate Schools ranking, U.S. News and World Report recognized five of Michigan State University’s graduate programs as first in the nation, with several others appearing in the top 20. Read more

MSU and LCC form partnership to improve access to higher education, strengthen transfer process
March 24, 2021

Michigan State University and Lansing Community College have formalized a partnership that improves access to a four-year degree, increases student success and helps build a pipeline of talent to meet the needs of the Mid-Michigan economy. Read more

Stanley serves on national higher education task force
March 16, 2021

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., is among 40 college and university leaders from across the country serving on the Task Force on Higher Education and Opportunity. The task force was formed to address the major challenges facing students and underserved communities resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

MSU remembers alumna and former trustee Barbara Sawyer-Koch
March 8, 2021

The Michigan State University community is remembering alumna, trustee emerita and philanthropist Barbara Sawyer-Koch, 72, who died March 6, 2021. Read more

Safety, efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines addressed in employee town hall
Feb. 23, 2021

Are they safe? Are they effective? When and how can I get one? Those were some of the questions addressed in a Feb. 18 hourlong town hall about COVID-19 vaccines featuring Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., College of Human Medicine Associate Dean for Public Health Integration Debra Furr-Holden and MSU Emergency Management Coordinator David Oslund. Read more

Alumnus commits $32M to transform MSU athletics
Feb. 4, 2021

Michigan State University today announced a $32 million commitment from alumnus Mat Ishbia, the largest single cash commitment in MSU's history from an individual. Read more

MSU online graduate programs rank among highest in the nation
Jan. 26, 2021

In its 2021 ranking for online graduate programs, U.S. News & World Report ranked three of Michigan State University’s online graduate programs in the top 25, including two at No. 2. Read more

MSU, Henry Ford Health System finalize partnership to battle health disparities, inequities
Jan. 25, 2021

Henry Ford Health System and Michigan State University, two of the state’s leading education, research and health care institutions, are partnering to make Michigan a national leader in providing access to exceptional health care for all residents, scientific discovery and education for providers, patients and families. Read more

$2.5 million endows Leinweber Software Scholars
Jan. 20, 2021

When Larry D. Leinweber was a Michigan State University undergraduate in the early 1960s, he was a State Room restaurant waiter at the newly-opened Kellogg Center, working 30 hours or more a week as he had to pay all his college expenses. Decades of ensuing business success will now help other Spartans through the Leinweber Foundation’s $2.5 million gift to endow the Leinweber Software Scholars Fund. Read more

Apple, MSU collaborate to launch first U.S. Developer Academy in Detroit
Jan. 13, 2021

Apple and Michigan State University announced that they will partner to launch the tech giant’s first United States-based Developer Academy in Detroit. Read more

Board selects chairperson, vice chairperson
Jan. 13, 2021

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees unanimously voted to re-elect Dianne Byrum to serve a second two-year term as chair and Dan Kelly to serve a second two-year term as vice chair, both terms ending Jan. 11, 2023. Read more

Trustees end calendar year by taking several actions
Dec. 18, 2020

In its final board meeting of the calendar year, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the university to proceed with the next phase of the T.B. Simon Power Plant Modernization Project. Read more

MSU Graduation rates improve again
Dec. 9, 2020

For the sixth year in a row, graduation rates for first-time, full-time students at Michigan State University increased, this time by more than half a percentage point. Read more

Fall 2020 commencement ceremonies to be held virtually
Dec. 3, 2020

More than 2,600 Michigan State University graduates will be recognized Dec. 18 and 19 at fall 2020 semester commencement ceremonies. All ceremonies will be held virtually and streamed on the MSU commencement website. Read more

MSU ranks nationally as environmentally responsible school
Nov. 9, 2020

Michigan State University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. For the second consecutive year, MSU is ranked on Princeton Review’s list of Top 50 Green Colleges. Read more

Extensive search produces next leader of diversity, equity and inclusion
Oct. 6, 2020

Following a national search, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., named Jabbar R. Bennett as the university’s vice president and chief diversity officer. Read more

U.S. Department of Energy designates FRIB as DOE Office of Science user facility
Sept. 29, 2020

The U.S. Department of Energy has designated the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams at Michigan State University as an Office of Science user facility. U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette announced the designation at a special ceremony held outdoors at MSU, under a tent adjacent to FRIB. Read more

Confronting COVID-19: Research, Innovation and Leadership
Sept. 24, 2020

Joining the race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, producing critically needed personal protection equipment and lessening racial disparities in health care are just some of the ways MSU and Michigan’s University Research Corridor are helping the state deal with the pandemic. Read more

East Lansing welcomes Spartans, encourages off-campus safety this fall
Aug. 26, 2020

“While having fewer people on campus certainly keeps our campus safer, our greater community — the City of East Lansing and other communities that host our students in off-campus housing — also deserve to be safe places to live,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “That is why MSU is working together with the City of East Lansing to educate our students and reinforce our expectations — both on campus and off — to make certain we are doing everything we can to protect our communities and hold accountable those who disregard state and local orders at the expense of the health of others.” Read more

Outdoor gatherings restricted to no more than 25 people in some parts of East Lansing
Aug. 18, 2020

“Partnership is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19,” said MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Today and together, the Ingham County Health Department, the City of East Lansing and MSU are presenting a united front to enhance the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the greater East Lansing community.” Read more

University president webcast panel: What Will College Look Like in the Fall?
July 8, 2020

The Lincoln Forum, with POLITICO and the Union League Club of Chicago, hosted a live virtual webinar featuring President Stanley with University of Wisconsin Chancellor Rebecca Blank, University of Illinois Chancellor Robert Jones and Loyola University Chicago President Jo Ann Rooney. They discussed their plans for reopening their campuses for some in-person classes and activities in the fall. Read more

MSU adapts 2020-21 budget for challenging financial times
June 26, 2020

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the budget development guidelines for the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins July 1. The guidelines include an overall reduction of approximately $52.6 million from the 2019-20 fiscal year. The university is planning for financial challenges as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic including lower enrollment levels and fewer state appropriations. Read more

MSU ranked in top 8% of U.S. universities
May 20, 2020

Michigan State University is ranked in the top 8% of higher education institutions in the nation, according to QS Quacquarelli Symonds, a global higher education research company and publisher of the QS World University Rankings. QS released its inaugural ranking of America’s top universities today, with the institutions’ commitment to diversity, employability and internationalization driving the results. Read more

Dr. Rebecca Campbell honored with Distinguished Woman Award
May 20, 2020

The American Council of Education Michigan Woman’s Network has honored Michigan State University Professor of Psychology Dr. Rebecca Campbell with the 2020 Distinguished Woman in Higher Education Leadership Award for her groundbreaking work outside the scope of her formal faculty responsibilities. Read more

MSU maintains room and board rates for next academic year
May 15, 2020

During a rescheduled meeting, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees approved the university’s plan to maintain room and board rates for the 2020-21 academic year at the 2019-20 academic year levels. Read more

New Broad Art Museum director selected
May 6, 2020

Michigan State University announced the appointment of Mónica Ramírez-Montagut as director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum. She currently serves as the director of the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University in New Orleans and will assume her new role at the MSU Broad on July 1. Read more

Livestream for admitted students and parents - Video
April 30, 2020

President Stanley and Interim Provost Sullivan answered questions from admitted students and parents regarding MSU’s response to the novel coronavirus during a live stream on Thursday, April 30, 2020. Read more.

Leading researcher, advocate for women in science named provost
April 27, 2020

Following a national search, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., named Teresa Kaye Woodruff as the university’s next provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. She is currently dean of the graduate school and associate provost for graduate education at Northwestern University. Read more

Efforts to decontaminate protective equipment expand
April 27, 2020

Michigan State University expanded its ability to repurpose personal protective equipment with a second decontamination process using vaporized hydrogen peroxide. When combined with the heating process being employed by MSU Extension, the university will have the capability to clean nearly 15,000 pieces of PPE each day. Read more

MSU recognized on Earth Day for making buildings greener
April 22, 2020

Michigan State University was recognized today – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – for achieving its goal of reducing energy use by 20% in its 20-million-square-foot building portfolio by 2020. Read more

MSU will hold virtual commencement ceremony on May 16
April 21, 2020

Michigan State University will hold a virtual commencement celebration on May 16 for all undergraduate and graduate students earning degrees at the end of the 2020 spring semester. Read more

Livestream for MSU faculty and staff - Video
April 20, 2020

President Stanley and Interim Provost Sullivan answered questions from faculty and staff regarding MSU’s response to the novel coronavirus during a live stream on Monday, April 20, 2020 at 3 p.m. Read more.

University to freeze tuition in response to pandemic
April 17, 2020

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announced Michigan State University tuition rates will not change for the 2020-21 academic year. The news comes as the university begins to address the financial implications of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Read more

MSU moves first summer session courses online, suspends some summer programs
April 2, 2020

Michigan State University today announced it will continue online-only courses for the full summer session and summer session one. Summer courses begin May 11. Read more

WKAR special broadcast: The Institutional Response | COVID-19 Answers and Insight
April 1, 2020

How are state government and other institution leaders navigating this pandemic to keep Michigan residents safe? Joneigh Khaldun, M.D. from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services and MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., join Shawn Turner to discuss the gravity of COVID-19 and its impact on our health and daily lives. View recording

Healing fund expanded to cover additional mental health care costs
March 31, 2020

Based on feedback from the survivor community and recommendations from the Michigan State University Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup, the MSU Board of Trustees has expanded the medical services eligible for reimbursement under the Counseling and Mental Health Services Fund. Read more

Plans finalized for fall break in 2020-21 academic year
March 31, 2020

Based on recommendations from the Associated Students of Michigan State University and University Council, MSU will hold a fall break for undergraduate students in the 2020-21 academic year. Online and in-person 100, 200, 300 and 400 level courses will not be held Oct. 26-27, 2020. Read more

11 MSU graduate programs rank in the top 15 nationally
March 17, 2020

Michigan State University was recognized once again for having the nation’s top graduate programs in elementary and secondary education, curriculum and instruction and supply chain/logistics, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools. Read more

Outreach and Engagement Awards recognize exceptional university-community collaborations
Feb. 26, 2020

The annual MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards on Feb. 19 honored faculty, students and partners working together to produce diverse benefits for others in their communities. The awards program was established by the Office of University Outreach and Engagement to recognize engaged and scholarly university-community collaborations that make a difference. Read more

All-U Excellence in Diversity Awards honors champions for diversity and inclusion
Feb. 21, 2020

MSU students, faculty and staff members who have led and supported diversity and inclusion efforts on campus and beyond were recognized during the 2020 All-University Excellence in Diversity Awards on Feb. 11. Read more

MSU named among fastest-rising research universities in the U.S.
Feb. 20, 2020

Michigan State recently ranked 5th among all U.S. universities, as tracked by rise in the Nature Index over three years. The Nature Index tracks contribution to primary articles in some of the most prestigious scientific journals in the world. Read more

MSU Trustees approve installing a 100-acre solar farm
Feb. 14, 2020

As part of its commitment to going greener, Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees today authorized the installation of a 20-megawatt solar array. Read more

MSU names head football coach
Feb. 12, 2020

Mel Tucker, a 23-year coaching veteran with championship experience, has been named Michigan State University's 25th head football coach. Read more

Quinn named vice president for legal affairs and general counsel
Feb. 7, 2020

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., named Brian Quinn vice president for legal affairs and general counsel for the university. Read more

MSU’s 17th president John DiBiaggio dies
Feb. 6, 2020

John DiBiaggio, Michigan State University’s 17th president, who served from 1985 to 1992, died Feb. 1 at the age of 87. Read more

Investiture of MSU’s 21st president scheduled for April 23
Jan. 21, 2020

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees announced that the investiture ceremony for President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., will take place at 3 p.m. April 23 in the Clifton and Dolores Wharton Center for Performing Arts. Read more

President Stanley picks favorites as MSUToday weekly email guest editor
Jan. 8, 2020

President Stanley reflects on his first semester as a Spartan by selecting some MSUToday stories from the fall that illustrate his vision for the university. Read more

MSU research continues growth trend
Jan. 2, 2020

Michigan State University’s research enterprise continues its upward growth trajectory, according to new National Science Foundation data. Read more

Jachimiak named associate vice president for MSU’s office for civil rights
Dec. 5, 2019

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., appointed Tanya Jachimiak as the new associate vice president of the Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance, effective Feb. 3. Read more

Werner named Office of Institutional Equity director
Nov. 19, 2019

Melody Werner has been named director of the Office of Institutional Equity. She joins MSU from Eastern Michigan University where she served as the Title IX Coordinator since 2015. Read more

MSU named a top 20 school for sustainability
Nov. 18, 2019

Michigan State University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. Read more

MSU tops international rankings for education
Nov. 15, 2019

Michigan State University is ranked No. 1 in the world for education, according to one widely used international ranking of universities. Read more

MSU Entrepreneurship reaches new height in national ranking
Nov. 12, 2019

Michigan State University was named a top undergraduate entrepreneurship program by Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine, rising from number 21 to number 16 in the latest ranking. This marks the second year MSU has been recognized as an entrepreneurial hub and a leading institution for innovation. Read more

MSU achieves record graduation rate
Nov. 5, 2019

Michigan State University boosted its graduation rate to a record high as student success initiatives help more undergraduates fully reap the benefits of a college education. Of first-time, full-time students who entered MSU in 2013, 81% graduated by 2019. Read more

MSU receives gift from Meijer family for new medical innovation facility
Oct. 25, 2019

Michigan State University’s vision of transforming health care via biomedical research received a big boost today with support and a significant gift from Doug Meijer and the Meijer Foundation. Read more

Experts make recommendations to address sexual misconduct
Oct. 16, 2019

Working to address sexual misconduct is an ongoing priority on college campuses across the country. At Michigan State University, a variety of experts have been charged with the task of creating and refining programs to best address preventative measures and further educate the community at large. Read more

Human health colleges, MSU clinics align under new structure
Oct. 11, 2019

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., announced restructuring the administration of the colleges of Human Medicine, Nursing and Osteopathic Medicine, as well as the university’s health clinics, to better align patient care, education and research. Read more

New website tracks progress on actions addressing federal reviews
Oct. 10, 2019

A new webpage will allow the campus community to track Michigan State University’s progress on completing items outlined in recent reviews conducted by the U.S. Department of Education and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services related to the Affordable Care Act, Clery Act and Title IX. Read more

MSU Museum’s sexual assault exhibit awarded for impact, community engagement
Oct. 8, 2019

Michigan State University Museum’s “Finding Our Voice: Sister Survivors Speak” exhibit was recognized with the 2019 Peninsulas Prize for its impact and exceptional programming by the Michigan Museums Association. Read more

Sullivan takes office as MSU interim provost
Oct. 1, 2019

Former University of Virginia president and Michigan State University alumna Teresa A. Sullivan begins work today as MSU’s interim provost. Read more

Udpa returning to engineering faculty and lab work
Sept. 30, 2019

Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., today announced that Executive Vice President Satish Udpa is resigning from his administrative position and returning to lab and research work at the university. Read more

MSU opens doors to business college’s new pavilion
Sept. 27, 2019

Michigan State University hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony today to showcase and formally celebrate the opening of the Edward J. Minskoff Pavilion at the Eli Broad College of Business. Read more

NextGen Media Innovation Lab opens
Sept 25, 2019

WKAR Public Media, Michigan State University and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences opened the NextGen Media Innovation Lab. The new lab will explore applications of the newest television broadcasting standard, ATSC 3.0 technology, or NextGen TV. Read more

Stanley names interim provost
Sept. 16, 2019

Teresa A. Sullivan, former president of the University of Virginia and an MSU alumna, will serve as interim provost while the university embarks on a national search for a permanent candidate. Read more

Stanley names new chief information officer
Sept. 13, 2019

Melissa Woo will join MSU on Dec. 1 as senior vice president and chief information officer and will be responsible for the information and computer technology supporting enterprise goals across campus. Read more

MSU president to meet with sexual assault survivors
Sept. 12, 2019

President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., in conjunction with the Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup, plans to meet with survivors of sexual assault in a series of meetings taking place in October to listen to their concerns and input about needed improvements at the university. Read more

Joseph Salem named dean of MSU Libraries
Sept. 10, 2019

Salem joined the MSU Libraries as director and university librarian in August 2018. Read more

MSU hosts Munn Ice Arena expansion groundbreaking
Sept. 9, 2019

The expansion project will provide new areas to benefit student-athletes, including a locker room, state-of-the-art weight room and training areas, hydrotherapy pools, shooting bays, and a players' lounge. Read more

Stanley sets course of action following federal reviews
Sept. 5, 2019

MSU will immediately implement several actions in response to the investigations concluded by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights and Clery Act Compliance Division into MSU's handling of the Larry Nassar and William Strampel cases. Read more

MSU jumps in national rankings
Aug. 27, 2019

MSU ranks no. 38 among the 395 universities included in Washington Monthly’s 2019 College Ranking, improving nine spots from last year. Read more

New fund administrator set to begin supporting MSU Nassar survivors
Aug. 22, 2019

Starting Sept. 1, survivors of former doctor Larry Nassar seeking reimbursement from Michigan State University for counseling and mental health services will be supported by a new fund administrator. Read more

NSCL and FRIB inspire new exhibit at Impression 5 Science Center
Aug. 20, 2019

Impression 5 Science Center opened an interactive science exhibit that is inspired by the positive, life-changing nuclear science research happening now at MSU’s National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL) and in the future at the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB). Read more

MSU appoints presidential advisers on sexual misconduct issues
Aug. 19, 2019

Rebecca Campbell, chair of the RVSM Expert Advisory Workgroup and psychology professor, and Andrea Munford, a lieutenant with MSU Police Department’s Center for Trauma-Informed Investigative Excellence, will report directly to President Stanley to provide guidance and make strategic recommendations. Read more

MSU continues to evaluate, improve patient safety
Aug. 14, 2019

As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve those who trust the university with their medical care, Michigan State University recently signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that outlines further improvements. Read more

MSU Today with Russ White (podcast)
Aug. 13, 2019

Interviewer Russ White talks with MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.
“One thing I'm doing is thinking a lot about how to heal the campus and how to bring everyone together. And I have a drive to make this a safer and more welcoming place.” Listen here

Workgroup highlights progress on RVSM issues
Aug. 12, 2019

A new report from MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Expert Advisory Workgroup summarizes the issues facing campus in its response to RVSM, outlines the workgroup’s initiatives and ends with pending recommendations. Read more

Applications propel record MSU incoming class
Aug. 12, 2019

More than 8,500 students are predicted to start their first year at Michigan State University on Aug. 28, comfortably reaching MSU’s admissions goal behind record applications. Read more

MSU sets annual fundraising record
Aug. 6, 2019

Michigan State University has recorded its best fundraising year in its 164-year history, raising more than $272.6 million in gifts and pledges for the fiscal year that ended June 30. Read more

Stanley takes office as MSU's 21st president
Aug. 1, 2019

Michigan State University today welcomed its 21st president, Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. Read more

MSU Board of Trustees selects new president
May 28, 2019

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., as its next university president at a special meeting today. Read more

Introducing MSU's next president (video)
May 28, 2019

The Michigan State University Board of Trustees, along with a diverse 18-member search committee, has selected Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., as the university’s 21st president. View video