The announcement came in yesterday that Larry Nassar will receive 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting former young gymnast once in his care. Not shortly after the sentencing, the president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna Simon, chose to resign.
During the sentencing hearing’s for Nassar, there was impeding pressure for Simon to leave office. Over 150 women alleged Nassar of sexually assaulting them. While reading their testimonials, many of these women called out Simon and Michigan State.
According to Brian Breslin, MSU’s Board of Trustees chair, the board will allow for the resignation to go through.
In 2004, Lou Anna Simon became the president of MSU. Her first announcement of retirement came in 2016. However, she chose to stay on board.
As women came up to speak, plenty of them were criticizing the leadership at MSU. According to the women, they were ignoring complaints from them and others. After finally listening and conducting a Title IX investigation on Nassar during 2014, something went wrong, and he was able to continue working for the school. The sexual assault continued for two more years.
Lou Anna Simon out as MSU president after Nassar sentencing
Nassar began working for MSU in the 90s as one of the athletic trainers. In 1996 he gained the title of national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics. Rachel Denhollander, another former gymnast, came out with allegations against Nassar, and he was finally fired in 2016.
Denhollander was the last to speak against Nassar. Of those who read testimonies were Mckayala Maroney and Aly Raisman, both U.S. Olympians.
During November of last year, Nassar pled guilty to seven different counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. Each count involved girls who were 15 years old or younger. The minimal amount of time he will spend in prison is 40 years on these charges. However, he was previously given 60 years in jail for being possession of child pornography.