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Michigan State University President Resigns After Nassar Sentencing

Lou Anna Simon faced pressure from university trustees and state lawmakers to step down.
Posted at 10:02 PM, Jan 24, 2018

Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has resigned after the school's former sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced on sexual assault charges.

Simon said in her resignation letter: "I can never say enough that I am so sorry that a trusted, renowned physician was really such an evil, evil person. ... I will continue to do whatever I can to help MSU prosper in the future."

Nassar was sentenced to 40-175 years in prison Wednesday. During Nassar's trial, several of his accusers spoke out about how the university handled the situation.

Rachel Denhollander, a survivor of Nassar's abuse, criticized an MSU statement on the scandal by saying, "It's nice to know that over 200 sexual assault victims rank below a basketball stadium."

Simon faced pressure from the school's trustees and even state lawmakers to resign. MSU is currently under investigation by the NCAA.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.