Speeches and Op-eds

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
June 24, 2022

Before I deliver my report, I want to take note of the passing of a much-loved Spartan. Former MSU First Lady Joanne McPherson, the spouse of MSU’s 19th president, Peter McPherson, has passed away. Peter was president from 1993 to 2005, and this year is completing his term as president of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
April 22, 2022

As we mark Earth Day today, I want to acknowledge all those Spartans working to make our world more sustainable. MSU has made strong commitments and progress in sustainability through cutting-edge research, experiential learning, community engagement and operational practices. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Feb. 11, 2022

In my remarks today, I’ll highlight some important partnerships and share how MSU is working in Michigan communities to improve health care equity and outcomes. Among other updates, I want to discuss an important change to our faculty discipline policy coming before the Board today. And I’ll provide an update on the start of this semester. Read more

Looking ahead to 2022, MSU has ambitious and innovative plans for the future
Lansing State Journal guest viewpoint, Jan. 4, 2022

As we enter 2022, MSU is poised to implement an ambitious new strategic plan that will guide us through 2030. In it, we commit to increasing our excellence and our impact across our campus, our state and the world. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Dec. 17, 2021

In my remarks today, I’ll look back at 2021 and offer some reflections on what we accomplished together. And I’ll conclude with a look into the new year, where we anticipate many more exciting things. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Oct. 29, 2021

I want to begin my remarks today with appreciation for our students, staff and faculty for their many contributions to what’s been a very successful start to the semester. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Sept. 10, 2021

I’m pleased that we’re starting a new academic year and I’m looking forward to my third year as MSU’s 21st president. We know students want to be back on campus, and they have exceeded all of our expectations. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
June 18, 2021

This tuition plan, part of a three-year budget, helps us give the university the support it needs and offers MSU, our students and families a greater degree of certainty about future costs. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
April 16, 2021

It’s been a busy, challenging year and it’s hard to believe in just two weeks we will celebrate the graduation of MSU’s undergraduate and graduate degree-earners. This year, more than 8,400 Spartans will carry their degrees, knowledge and drive into the world. Read more

Testimony to Michigan House Appropriations Subcommittee on Higher Education and Community Colleges
March 18, 2021

I’m a very strong believer in the transformative effect of higher education on individuals, communities and states. I was attracted to MSU by its great reputation for undergraduate education, world-renowned research and its powerful land-grant legacy of access to excellence outreach statewide to help all citizens of Michigan. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Feb. 12, 2021

I want to begin my report by noting this date, Feb. 12, in Michigan history is the day in 1855 — 166 years ago — Michigan’s governor signed the bill establishing the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan. Read more

COVID-19 vaccine a game-changer
Detroit News guest column by University Research Corridor presidents, Jan. 23, 2021

As COVID-19 case counts continue to rise across the United States, getting everyone possible vaccinated as soon as enough doses are available is vital to stopping this pandemic, reviving our national economy and getting children and college students back to in-person school. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Dec. 18, 2020

Today is the last day of exams week for the fall 2020 semester. More than 2,600 students earned undergraduate and graduate degrees, under very difficult circumstances. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Oct. 30, 2020

Cutting programs is one of most difficult decisions we make, and it’s only done with a great deal of thought and concern. And I know that was the case here with swimming and diving. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Sept. 11, 2020

Fall semester is fully underway and it’s different from past years — without fall sports, in-person student events on campus and with primarily remote teaching and learning. Read more

Preparing for fall semester at MSU
Lansing State Journal guest column, Aug. 9, 2020 

Michigan State University is preparing to welcome students back for a new academic year, as it has for more than 160 years. This year will look and feel very different, with new health precautions and expectations. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
June 26, 2020

When I arrived at MSU I emphasized our shared mission of creating a safer, more diverse, and more inclusive and welcoming campus. The events of the last few months have tragically and powerfully driven home the importance of that goal, not only for our campus but for our country. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
May 15, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact remain at the forefront of our thoughts. One of the terrible consequences of this outbreak has been its disproportionate impact on people of color. Read more

Michigan’s three URC universities deeply involved in fighting COVID-19 crisis
Crain's Detroit Business guest column, April 26, 2020

Michigan needs its great public research universities more now than ever. And we are bringing all of our resources to this fight. Our medical and nursing schools, our engineers and economists, our public health and environment researchers, our psychologists and social workers — we are in this together. Read more

To fight novel coronavirus, keep keeping your distance
Lansing State Journal guest column, April 13, 2020

Even with our society’s vast capacity to respond medically and technologically — capabilities possessed in-depth by leading research universities such as Michigan State — sometimes human behavior changes are a critically important part of the cure. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Feb. 14, 2020

Last week, I thought it was important to send an email message to both the Michigan State campus and alumni communities about the display at the Wharton Center gift shop. Read more.

University Research Corridor universities fight the opioid crisis
Detroit News joint guest column, Jan. 15, 2020

Michigan now ranks in the top third nationally for drug-related deaths, with over half due to synthetic opioids. If Michigan is to reduce those numbers and save lives, it must continue to look for innovative and research-driven ways to take action. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Dec. 13, 2019

I want to start by welcoming our newly appointed trustee, Renee Knake. It’s a pleasure to welcome you back to MSU and I’m looking forward to working with you. Read more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
Oct. 25, 2019

I want to thank those who spoke this morning. I’ve often said since I arrived here almost three months ago that my highest priority is to make our campus as safe, respectful and welcoming as it can be. This is a broad imperative. Read more

It's On Us Week supports campus culture change
Lansing State Journal guest column, Oct. 17, 2019

Since August, and my first day as Michigan State University’s 21st president, I have been hearing from our campus community and Spartans everywhere that we need broad, deep cultural change in how we approach relationship violence and sexual misconduct. Read more

Presentation to Lansing Economic Club
Sept. 12, 2019

President Stanley's presentation to the Lansing Economic Club focused on Michigan State University's scope, scale and impact on the community and state. See more

Remarks to the MSU Board of Trustees
May 28, 2019

I want to begin by expressing my deepest gratitude to the Michigan State University Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee for giving me the opportunity to serve this great university. Read more