Interim President Engler announces new structure for MSU health colleges

MSU Interim President John Engler discusses changes to the health colleges at MSU and two leadership appointments.

MSU Interim President John Engler, announcing a realignment of the University's health care, and medical programs.

It's part of the University's response to former doctor Larry Nassar's sexual abuse scandal.

President Engler says, it's time to move past the "cancer," that was Larry Nassar.

Engler making an effort to change the culture within the health colleges here at MSU. This all a part of his push for transparency and moving the university forward.

"It's a heart wrenching story to listen to but it was one doctor, a very evil doctor, monstrous crimes, he's gone,” says MSU Interim President John Engler.

As part of his promise to improve health care and safety for patients at Michigan State, Engler announced a new structure for the University's health colleges, clinical practice and student wellness programs.

First, appointing Norman Beauchamp, the College of Medicine Dean since October of 2016, to Associate Provost and Assistant Vice President for Health Affairs.

"People came to us, young women and their families and we disappointed, we failed them and so the need to restore hope could not be greater and we will do that,” says Norman Beauchamp.

Beauchamp saying the change starts with accountability.

"I want to make a commitment to you with my colleagues that we will restore an accountable care organization, an accountable culture organization where we get it right for every patient, every student, every family, every time,” says Beauchamp

Engler also named Anthony Avellino, the CEO of OSF Healthcare Illinois Neurological Institute, to Assistant Provost for Student health, wellness and safety.

Engler says these changes are just the beginning of a long process of improving communication and transparency within the health colleges and rebuilding trust in the administration.

"So one of the things that I stressed is that we can say whatever we want about whatever it is, we have to actually act we have to do and that's what we're doing today, were starting to act, we are doing and you will see results."

Tuesday’s faculty senate vote of “no confidence” in the board of trustees was brought up but President Engler declined to comment.

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