(WJBK) - Embattled Michigan State President Lou Anna K. Simon will step down by Thursday according to a source who spoke to the Associated Press.
There has been a chorus of voices calling for her to resign to Simon's handling of the Larry Nassar case. Simon is expected to resign Thursday or Friday a source told FOX 2.
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Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison for abusing nearly 200 young female gymnasts for decades Wednesday. He was the team physician for both Michigan State and Team USA gymnastics.
Simon, a 40-year employee of the university, was president in 2014 when Nassar was suspended amid a school investigation that resulted in no findings. Simon, who attended one of the six days of testimony, said she was lied to and misled like everyone else.
Simon attended part of the session Wednesday. MSU is being sued by dozens of women, who say campus officials wrote off complaints about the popular doctor. Many of the victims' statements claimed the university got wind of the assaults in the late '90s but no actions were taken against Nassar.
"Guess what? You're a coward, too," current student and former gymnast Lindsey Lemke said Thursday, referring to Simon.
In a symbolic vote, the Michigan House voted 96-11 calling for her to step down.
Two prominent Michigan senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow publicly urged Simon to resign Wednesday.
Meanwhile, four leading legislators in Lansing called for Simon to resign or be fired by the board of trustees.
"It is clear that a lack of leadership amongst Michigan State University's highest ranks allowed victims to suffer in silence for far too long," said state House Democratic Leader Sam Singh, who is from East Lansing, where the school is located.
On Thursday, the editorial board of university newspaper The State News included a front page design: "President Simon, Resign" with images of the victims, along with a lengthy editorial.
Simon has been university president since 2005.