– We’ve got a short but packed agenda so, I’d like to get started. I’d like to call this meeting to order.
(gavel bangs) So, will the secretary
please call the roll. – [Nakia] Trustee Byrum.
– Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Ferguson.
– Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Foster.
– [Melanie] Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Kelly.
– Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Mosallam.
– Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Schlingting.
– Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Scott.
– Here. – [Nakia] Trustee Tebay.
– Here. – [Nakia] We have a quorum. – A motion to approve the
agenda would be in order. – So moved.
– Support. – Second. All those in favor say aye. – [All] Aye. – Any opposed? Motion carries. Trustee Byrum has a few comments to offer. – Thank you and good morning. I’d first like to say thank you to Acting President Satish Udpa for his willingness to
step up and lead MSU during these past four months. I know you took this position out of your immense love for MSU. The board will officially
thank Acting President Udpa at our June meeting. Today’s meeting has one
item, personnel action. It’s been a lengthy process to arrive at the place we are today
and a big thank you goes out to our outstanding search
committee and the membership. They have been true
partners with the board. At this time, I would like to read each of their names individually. I will also like to acknowledge that they are all in attendance except one who is out of the country
on a family vacation. The committee members of our Presidential Search
Committee were Debra Bittner, president, Coalition
of Labor Organizations at Michigan State University; Pero Dagbovie, University
Distinguished Professor of history and associate
dean, Graduate School; Prabu David, dean, College of Communication Arts and Sciences; Mary Finn, director and professor, School of Criminal Justice; Thomas Glasmacher, laboratory
director and project director, Facility for Rare Isotope Beams and University Distinguished Professor; Linda Hubbard, president and
COO, Carhartt Incorporated; Dan Kelly, Board of Trustees; Leo Kempel, dean, College of Engineering; Bonnie Knutson, professor,
School of Hospitality Business; Wanda Lipscomb, associate professor, Department of Psychiatry,
senior associate dean for Diversity and Inclusion,
College of Human Medicine; Mark Murray, past president of Grand Valley State University; David Porteous, Board of Directors of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated and past MSU Board of Trustees; Katherine “Cookie” Rifiotis. She’s the immediate past president of the Associated Students
of Michigan State University, a recent James Madison graduate from Michigan State University; Brianna T. Scott, Board of Trustees; Gregory J. Spray, now Dr. Spray, Department of Communicative
Sciences and Disorders, College of Communication
Arts and Sciences; and Felicia Wu, John A.
Hannah Distinguished Professor of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Agricultural, Food
and Resource Economics; So in this search for president, our stated goal was that we wanted to identify the best person possible to lead Michigan State University. The CV of our finalist includes
a solid academic background including a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago, an MD from Harvard University, a post doctoral fellowship
in infectious diseases at Washington University St. Louis and this individual has proven experience in higher education. I remember distinctly in
those early input sessions where we were meeting with a student group and they said explicitly
don’t get us anybody that needs on the job training. And that was the words they use. Additionally, the faculty
wanted to make sure that we had someone that
had been through the ranks and had held various
positions including professor and on up the ranks. And so, our finalist
has proven experience. They have been a professor, former at large member
of the Faculty Senate, distinguished researcher and one of the nation’s highest recipients of the National Institutes
of Health, NIH, funding, vice chancellor for research
and a sitting president at a AAU institution for a decade. Some notable boards and committees and this is not all encompassing but it gives you the highlights. AAU Board of Directors,
Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, APLU, both Board of Directors
and the committee chair for the Research Intensive Committee, NIH Advisory Committee to the Director, working group on Foreign
Influences on Research Integrity and yes, they have completed terms on both the NCAA Board of
Directors and Board of Governors. A detailed CV will be provided
to the members of the press in your press packets
at the press conference and will be posted on
the presidential website following the board meeting. At this time, I want to
recognize Trustee Melanie Foster, co-chair of the search committee. – Thank you Chair Byrum. Today represents a pivotal moment in MSU’s 164 year history as we begin what I am
confident will be an engaged and exciting future under the leadership of Dr. Samuel L. Stanley Junior MD. Dr. Stanley would you please stand. (people applaud) Dr. Stanley is joined today
by his spouse Dr. Ellen Li, (people applaud) three of their children of the
four, Dr. Catherine Stanley, Samuel L. Stanley the
third, and James Stanley. (people applaud) As co-chair of the
presidential search committee, it is my honor to move
that the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University hereby appoints Samuel
L. Stanley Junior MD as the 21st president of
Michigan State University effective August 1st, 2019. Be it further resolved
that the chairperson of the Board of Trustees
is hereby authorized to execute such documents and agreements as may be necessary or
appropriate in connection with the implementation of this action. – [Dan] Second. – Before we call for a roll call vote, I want to invite to the microphone right over here several members of the search committee
to provide comments. From the beginning,
the board made it clear that the search process
would include representation from a diverse group of stake holders from our community, students, faculty, staff, deans, and alumni. I would like to invite to come forward and share comments Mary Finn who’s the director and professor in the School of Criminal Justice and is the representative
of the Faculty Senate; Wanda Lipscomb, senior associate director for Diversity & Inclusion,
College of Human Medicine and social professor of psychiatry; Katherine “Cookie” Rifiotis,
immediate past president of ASMSU, a 2019 graduate
of James Madison College and the undergraduate
student representative on the committee; and Greg
Spray, 2019 directorial graduate from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences representing the
Council of Graduate Students. If the four of you would
please come forward. And comments will be given in the order of Mary, Wanda, Cookie, and Greg. – Good morning. I was asked to reflect on the
qualities and characteristics of the candidate relative to the concerns that the faculty of the college, excuse me, of the university had. So, in looking at the credentials as well as having the opportunity
to be part of the interview with Dr. Stanley, there
are really three key areas that I wanted to comment on. First has been spoken to already. He has stellar academic credentials, and is a highly accomplished researcher, one of the nation’s highest
recipients of support from the National Institutes of Health. He understands academia and its values, has spent his entire career in
academia as a faculty member and then assumed very
impressive leadership roles both in areas of research
and most recently, the presidency of Stony Brook
University an AAU institution. Faculty also identified their
desire for the next president to be a person of integrity
and to be transparent and collaborative in decision making. Dr. Stanley has acted in ways that confirm this is how he leads. He has respect for and
values the important role of academic governance, having
served on the Faculty Senate for several years while
at Washington University. Third, Dr. Stanley has been effective in advancing issues of equity,
diversity, and inclusion. Under his leadership,
opportunities for first generation and underrepresented minority students to access quality education
expanded immensely while he was at Stony Brook. Further, Stony Brook has
embraced the HeForShe movement for gender equity created by the UN Women, United Nations Women in 2014. This is an effort to engage men and boys in removing the social
and cultural barriers that prevent women and girls from achieving their full potential. He expressed particular sensitivity to the need for our
campus community to heal and to address the betrayal
of trust experienced by survivors of sexual assault. Dr. Stanley possesses the experience, the character, and the ability to lead the transformation of MSU. Thank you. (people applaud) – Good morning. I’ve been invited to
share some responses based on the information we received in our many listening
sessions that we held. Many of you were probably
participants in those sessions. Dr. Samuel Stanley
Junior is an experienced and highly respected
leader in higher education. He has served as president of Stony Brook University for a decade and prior to that was vice chancellor for research at Washington
University in St. Louis. He’s demonstrated many of the skills that we deem important in a president, leadership development skills,
fiscal management skills, faculty and student relations,
and collegiate athletics. He is a very successful fundraiser, a community collaborator,
and a business innovator. He understands the importance
of working with government and economic leaders
and expanding the reach of the university beyond
the state to the globe. As a national recognized leader in emerging infectious diseases, Dr. Stanley throughout
his career has worked with multidisciplinary teams. He’s led an institution with a large academic Medical Center, and understands the importance of building public private partnerships to improve care and expand research. Beyond that though, Dr.
Stanley loves higher education. He has embraced every aspect of the disciplines provided at Stony Brook in addition to supporting emerging, cutting edge science and technology. Throughout the listening sessions, we heard that the
president should be someone who understands the academy. And as my colleague has shared, he is a stellar academic scholar who respects the role
of academic government. The importance of
diversity was also echoed throughout our listening sessions. One could say you can
predict the future based on looking at one’s past and for Dr. Stanley we
were able to find evidence of great change at Stony
Brook during his tenure, development and implementation of an institutional
diversity strategic plan, the appointment of the
first diversity officer for the university, establishment of an institutional
diversity advisory committee, expansion of support for the
equal opportunity program, support for the academic
success of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, strengthened efforts for women in STEM, the partnership with the HeForShe impact, expansion of support for faculty and graduate student
diversity and recognition of the importance of
broadly defined inclusion. I’d like to also note
that on a personal level, Dr. Stanley and his wife and his family have supported
numerous scholarships for students from
disadvantaged backgrounds. So, beyond what he’s done in
his position as president, he has shown us that this
is a personal commitment. The listening sessions
underscored the need for a leader who will address campus
climate and safety, who could hear the voices of survivors. Dr. Stanley has demonstrated recognition of the importance for
healing, building trust, and creating a responsive climate. He has been described as one
who has the courage to lead, the commitment to listen
to better understand, the compassion to address
the needs of the vulnerable, and the integrity to honor
the values of the institution. This is fully in keeping
with the qualities that we outlined in the
presidential prospectus. (people applaud) – Good morning everyone,
thank you for being here. I was asked to speak a
little bit about the process and how Dr. Stanley’s
accomplishments are going to benefit the Michigan State students. I alongside other 18
committee members held over 22 campus wide input sessions which took place last fall. The community input that came from those sessions served as our touchstones. From them we composed the
university prospectus packet that was handed to each candidate, the qualifications and
criteria for our next president as well as a list of
challenges and opportunities at MSU as envisioned by our community. In an attempt to fully
represent the student body I also held over 10
student listening sessions across the colleges in partnership with the ASMSU representatives and deans. These sessions furthered my ability to convey the student voice. Throughout these past months the members of the search committee truly
empowered me to speak up and represent Michigan State
students to the fullest. Since last August, we
invested countless hours in the search and at every
point in our conversations, and every time a new
discussion item arose, committee members deferred to Greg and I, ensuring that student
needs were prioritized for the search of our new leader. During our process, I was also pleased with the trustees and
the search committee. They opted to listening before
sharing their perspective, taking a backseat, and
allowing the committee’s thorough deliberation to
unfold without influencing it. About Dr. Stanley now. Dr. Stanley’s accomplishment with student success truly impressed me. He worked comprehensively to effectively eradicate the retention and graduation gap across
students of different backgrounds. He has a proven record of
prioritizing student input and fostering good relationship
with student leaders to address pressing needs
around the campus community but most importantly, he truly grasps what it means to foster accountability and worked to earn the
trust of a community, understanding that integrity and other institutional
values must emanate from the top. When he asked to outline
his vision for MSU, Dr. Stanley first pointed
that he was going to focus on healing that the
community needs to undergo. He aims at doing that through listening and by being a present
and accessible president. I am confident that Dr.
Stanley is the leader we need to heal and to build a better MSU. I look forward for our
community to embrace him. Thank you all and go green. (people applaud) – Hello and thank you for
attending today’s board meeting. I feel that the search
committee worked collaboratively to advocate for faculty staff and students that call MSU their home. Furthermore, the committee
used the information gathered during these input sessions to guide our decision making process. This group of individuals ensured that the voices of students at
the undergraduate, graduate, and professional level were heard along with the voices of survivors. During each meeting, the
co-chairs and other members of the Board of Trustees would step back and allow the search committee
to engage in dialogue. During these discussions,
members of the committee repeatedly focused on what we heard from the students during
the input sessions and we would frequently pause each meeting to reflect on the information
sessions to be sure that the voices of all
students were being heard from. We had many different conversations. We brought up the many students who believe that MSU has the ability to change rape culture head on. There was a male law student who stated that he wanted a president
who would live on campus. There was another graduate student who felt that the next president needed to strive to make
education accessible to all regardless of socioeconomic
status, ethnicity and/or race and then there were also many students who called for a president
who would appoint people who looked and came from
the same background as them. Finally, the committee
consistently reflected on what makes Michigan
State University unique that is family, passion,
diversity in ethnicity, race, sexual orientation,
socioeconomic status, and above all else,
the land-grant mission. Dr. Stanley I believe
will treat all members of the university community, East Lansing, and the state of Michigan
with dignity and respect. And I believe that he will help
us deep develop deeper roots for Michigan State University and really further our research profile as you can see from his extensive CV. Finally, I would like to say that I hope that I represented the
Council of Graduate Students and all graduate and professional students to the greatest my ability and have inspired a
renewed confidence in MSU. The next decade for Michigan
State University is critical however I believe that
Dr. Stanley will be able to ensure the safety of students, engage in collaborative
decision making processes, prioritize the needs of students all while maintaining our
current research profile and enhancing the status as
the pioneer land-grant college. Thank you. (people applaud) – I wanna thank the,
again, the search committee and specifically, the four members of the search committee
that shared comments. At this point, I’ll turn the
agenda back over to Dr. Udpa. There’s a motion on the floor and will the secretary
please call the roll. – [Nakia] Trustee Byrum.
– Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Ferguson.
– [Joel] Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Foster.
– [Melanie] Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Kelly.
– Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Mosallam.
– Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Schlingting.
– Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Scott.
– Yes. – [Nakia] Trustee Tebay.
– Yes. – [Nakia] The motion carries. – Congratulations.
(people applaud) – [Melanie] Congratulations. – [Brianna] Congratulations. – Well, thank you so
much and I wanna begin by expressing my deepest gratitude to the Michigan State
University Board of Trustees and the Presidential Search Committee for giving me the opportunity to serve this great university. MSU is an extraordinary institution, the pioneer land-grant university. One that help define that noble mission and one that accomplishes
the difficult feat of providing students
affordable access to excellence. And that’s an excellence that shines across the whole
university, in the caliber of your faculty, staff, students, your innovative teaching and learning, your groundbreaking
research and scholarship, your world-renowned athletic programs, and your vital extension mission. And MSU is a university with the scope and scale that few others possess, a scope and scale the creates impact, that allows you to do good not just for individuals and their families but also for communities, for the state, for the nation, and for the world. Your engaging initiatives that
I have worked on in my career and I care deeply about, about
improving student success, growing sponsored research
to generate discoveries that will change live as
well as other initiatives that are new to me but have
already captured my imagination like the drive to integrate the arts in your land-grant mission and your new initiatives that
are transforming agriculture for local freeholder farmers and farmers across the globe. I’m also impressed by
you growing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, a core value for any
successful institution I wanna build on that so the development of a campus-wide plan
for diversity, inclusion, and equity will be a high priority for me and I look forward to engaging the board, shared governance, and the
entire campus in this endeavor. These are just a few of
my initial impressions and there’s so much, much
more I need to learn about MSU but I’m so excited about
the trajectory your on and I look forward to
being part of that journey. At the same time, I also
see a Spartan community that has had a turbulent
and difficult time, a community in need of healing. Like Dr. Udpa and the board, I
wanna meet with the survivors and their families, listen to their voices and their thoughts, and learn from them and I wanna work with them and
all of the campus community to ensure the changes that need
to be made are implemented. What happened at MSU will not be forgotten instead it will drive us
every day to work together to build a campus culture of transparency, awareness, sensitivity,
respect, and prevention, a safe campus for all. This is going to be key
to all of our initiatives. Before closing, I wanted to
especially thank the students of the Associated Students of MSU for their letter to
the incoming president. It was full of wisdom but I
was particularly took to heart their reminder that, quote, “While you will be leading
the Spartan community, “you will not be independent of it. “We hope you become an integral
community member” unquote. That will become one of my
goals and I will further it by living on campus and
by making every effort to be visible to my fellow Spartans. Again, my sincere thanks to the board and the Presidential Search Committee for their confidence and I look forward to working hand in hand with you, with MSU’s distinguished
faculty and staff, with the amazing undergraduate
and graduate students, with the citizens and elected officials of the great state of Michigan, and with more than
550,000 proud MSU alumni who bleed green and white as together, we write the next great chapter in Michigan State
University’s storied history. Go Green. – [All] Go white. (people applaud) (people laugh) – Thank you. Following the conclusion
of the board meeting, we will recess for about 10, 15 minutes and then we’ll hold the press conference. – And motion to adjourn the
meeting will be in order. – So moved. – Second? – [Brianna] Second. (laughs) – All those in favor say aye. – [All] Aye. – And nays? Motion carries. Meeting adjourned.