Special counsel to Engler on leave after mini-stroke

Blake Alsup Kim Kozlowski
The Detroit News
Carol Morey Viventi

An official appointed by Michigan State University interim President John Engler has been hospitalized after suffering a min-stroke and will be taking medical leave.

Engler informed officials last week that Carol Viventi, vice president and special counsel to the president and one of his long-time allies, was hospitalized, onthebanksmsu.com first reported. 

MSU Communications confirmed the report via email on Monday. They said Viventi "will be taking a medical leave of absence effective this week through at least Labor Day after suffering a minor stroke last weekend."

Signs of discord between Engler and some MSU board members emerged in April after Engler, at a private meeting attended by Viventi, met with Larry Nassar victim Kaylee Lorincz. Lorincz later alleged that the MSU president tried to secretly settle her civil lawsuit in the Nassar sex assault case against the university for $250,000.

In an email to MSU board members that later became public, Viventi called Lorincz’s statements “outrageously distorted” and an attempt to “set up” MSU and increase the cost of settling her lawsuit against the school.

She later apologized.