The Michigan State University Board of Trustees announced Monday it plans to hire an adviser to help guide it through the search for a permanent president.

The board will take this step to make sure the input of students, faculty, staff is considered before hiring a search firm, according to a statement.

“We appreciate the input of students, faculty, staff and the broader MSU community through our numerous meetings and conversations as we begin planning for a comprehensive presidential search,” the statement said.

“Our goal in selecting an adviser is to identify someone with deep experience and stature in public higher education leadership who can ensure student, faculty, staff and stakeholder input are a key part of the search effort and to facilitate conversations that clarify institutional goals and translate them into specific hiring criteria. In our effort to promote transparency and provide opportunities for input, we will continue to provide updates as this process evolves.”

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MSU has been without a permanent leader since late January, when then-President Lou Anna Simon resigned amid fallout from the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Simon stepped down the evening of Jan. 25, hours after Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to 40-175 years in prison for sexually assaulting young women under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.

Soon after, the board appointed former Gov. John Engler as MSU’s interim president. Recently, the MSU community has given Engler mixed reviews.

Lorenzo Santavicca, MSU student body president, said officials have fallen short in forming a search committee to find a permanent president. “As a university, we need to move forward with a new leader,” Santavicca said.

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