Michigan State to hire interim leader after Engler resigns

Former Gov. John Engler is resigning as Michigan State's interim president amid public backlash over his comments about women and girls sexually assaulted by now-imprisoned campus sports doctor Larry Nassar

DETROIT -- Michigan State University plans to announce a new interim president following the forced resignation of John Engler amid backlash over his comments about some of convicted sex abuser Larry Nassar's victims.

The Board of Trustees will meet Thursday. The former Michigan governor, who was brought in almost a year ago to help the school recover from the scandal, announced his resignation Wednesday rather than be fired at the meeting. It's effective Jan. 23.

Engler told The Detroit News last week that Nassar's victims in the "spotlight" are "still enjoying that moment at times, you know, the awards and recognition." Engler previously was criticized for sending emails that suggested the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a "kickback" from her attorney.

The university plans to name a permanent president in June.