The Michigan State University president who resigned in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal has the option of returning to the faculty and securing lifetime perks, her contract says.
Lou Anna Simon can elect to return to a faculty position and take a 12-month research leave during which time she would be paid her current $750,000 salary, according to the contract, provided to CNN by Michigan State spokesman Jason Cody.
Simon had come under fire for what critics say is the mishandling of the Nassar scandal. Critics say the school’s leader of 13 years had been tone-deaf and needs to be among those held accountable for what happened while Nassar was a sports physician at the university from 1997 to 2016.
Nassar, the former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State doctor, was sentenced Wednesday to up to 175 years in prison for the sexual assault of young female athletes.
“As tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable. As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger,” Simon said in her resignation letter last January.
“The President will be provided with a suitable office in a mutually agreeable University building, secretarial services, appropriate computer and technology equipment, technical support, a telephone, and other office tools appropriate to her work as a facility member,” the contract says.
Simon is required to function as the school’s president for 60 days from the time of her resignation and provide “reasonable assistance” for the transition to the next president.
The chairman of the university’s Board of Trustees said the group had accepted Simon’s resignation and will work out the details of her departure over the rest of the week.
“We greatly appreciate her integrity, her many contributions, and her willingness to continue to serve through transition,” Brian Breslin said in a statement posted below Simon’s on the Michigan State website. “We agree with Dr. Simon that it is now time for change.”
La presidente de la universidad de Michigan State Lou Anna Simon renunció, según una persona relacionada a la situación.
Simon dejará el puesto en medio del escándalo que involucra a Larry Nassar, quien trabajó como médico en el recinto. Nassar fue sentenciado el pasado mes de Enero de 40 a 175 años de prisión por abusar sexualmente de niñas y jóvenes bajo el manto de tratamiento médico.
La mayoría de las víctimas acusaron a la universidad de pasar por alto las denuncias contra Nassar.
En su carta de renuncia Simon dijo que ante la politización de las tragedias, la culpa es inevitable. Reconoció que fue un foco natural del coraje por ser la presidenta