Michigan State interim athletic director Bill Beekman keeps low profile at Big Ten meetings

Matt Charboneau
The Detroit News

Rosemont, Ill. — The Big Ten held its annual spring meetings the past two days at its headquarters outside of Chicago and most of the conference’s 14 universities were represented by their athletic directors.

That included Michigan State as interim athletic director Bill Beekman attended two days of meetings.

However, Beekman turned down requests to meet with the media. Since being named interim athletic director on Feb. 5, Beekman has not been made available to the media despite several requests.

Beekman, who has been Michigan State’s vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees since 2008, was named interim athletic director by interim president John Engler after Mark Hollis announced his retirement on Jan. 26.

“I am honored to receive this appointment and look forward to this new challenge,” Beekman said at the time in a statement.  “This is obviously a new day at MSU and I am pleased to be part of the changes.”

Beekman took over as the university has been dealing with the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. Before Hollis’ departure, the NCAA requested that the MSU athletic department report any potential violations relating to the Nassar investigations.


On March 22, Michigan State responded by saying it did not violate any NCAA rules.

“I trust you will see that the University is in no way attempting to sidestep the issues facing it, and that if the University had any reason to believe the criminal conduct of Nassar also implicated NCAA rules violations, the University would accept responsibility in that area as well,” the letter to the NCAA said. “However, after a thorough and analytical examination of NCAA legislation, and an application of the known facts associated with the Nassar matter to NCAA legislation, the University finds no NCAA rules violations.”

How long Beekman will be running the athletic department at Michigan State is unclear.

Last week, Engler was asked about the finding a permanent replacement but said there is no timetable at this point.

“To be determined,” Engler said. “No decision has been made but (Beekman) has done a great job.”