EAST LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - Interim Michigan State University President John Engler is not caving to calls from board trustees and legislators for him to resign.
After two trustees said Friday that Engler was unfit to lead the university, Engler insisted he's looking ahead to a public Board of Trustees meeting, scheduled for next Friday.
Engler underscored his role in the university's $500 million settlement to hundreds of women and girls who said they were sexually assaulted by a now-imprisoned former campus sports doctor, Larry Nassar.
His full statement reads as follows:
"I continue to look ahead. Whatever the tensions were before, we have successfully negotiated a settlement agreement - something that is fair and equitable to both sides, and that both sides agreed to. We are now committed to continuing our efforts to strengthen sexual misconduct prevention on and off campus and to respond promptly to and appropriately if prevention fails.
I am looking forward to the Board of Trustee meeting next week where we will continue our progress and efforts to move forward. I believe actions matter, and that is how the success of our work will be determined."
On Friday, trustee Brian Mosallam said the Nassar-related campus crisis won't settle until Engler steps down. Hours later, he was joined by fellow trustee Dianne Byrum.
Joining outraged Nassar survivors, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof also said Engler, a former Republican governor, should resign. Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard declined to comment.
Amber McCann, a spokeswoman for Meekhof, said Friday that the senator "is very disappointed and does agree that Engler should resign."
On Wednesday, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Engler has suggested the first woman to go public with her accusations was probably getting a "kickback" from her attorney. His claims have been widely panned by Nassar survivors.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.