Message from the President

September 2021

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.When I arrived at Michigan State University in August 2019, I shared my excitement about this university’s upward trajectory and my eagerness to work with the entire MSU community.

From the start, I sought to meet everyone I could and learn from their ideas, insights and concerns. I have met with faculty, staff, leadership and students. I have visited with all 17 colleges and many organizations that serve MSU, support students and advance our outreach. I’ve traveled to MSU locations in Flint, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, Detroit and beyond. And I’m always impressed with the commitment I hear and the will to make a difference that I experience.

I also have had the opportunity to hear the voices of faculty, academic staff and students through our academic governance sessions. I’ve conducted student office hours and met with student leaders. I greatly appreciate the time and effort representatives and volunteers put into these valuable forums.

I’ve had conversations with student and alumni groups, donors and contributors, athletic teams and coaches, and elected officials and leaders in Greater Lansing, across the state and around the country. I have met virtually with alumni from throughout the United States and around the world and thanked donors for their gifts and impact. In these and other ways, I learned more about the scope, scale and impact of this tremendous university. My enthusiasm continues, and it is now combined with deep gratitude to all who are committed to the broad mission of the university.

I’ve worked extensively with our Board of Trustees and appreciate their ongoing dedication to the university and their collective commitment to making MSU a strong, vibrant and relevant institution that advances knowledge and transforms lives.

I wanted to share a few of the many accomplishments we have achieved together. These are significant, and I see many as building blocks for the incredible future ahead of MSU. So, I encourage you to read, reflect and join me in thanking all who have demonstrated Spartans Will. Go Green!

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. (he/him)


MSU accomplishments

Key initiatives

New leadership