Former Michigan State President, Lou Anna Simon, who has been charged criminally with lying to investigators about her knowledge of complaints made against former gymnastics program physician, Dr. Larry Nassar. Mr. Nassar entered a guilty plea to seven counts of sexual abuse and young women in the USOC gymnastics program at MSU. He was sentenced to 175 years in prison.
Dr. Simon, who has been on voluntary unpaid leave from MSU since she resigned as president in January 2018. The university’s board negotiated a settlement with Dr. Simon. She will retire on August 31, 2019 with the titles of president emeritus and faculty emeritus, her full retirement available to all MSU professors, and a payout of $2.45 million. Dr. Simon entered a not guilty plea and her case is pending. Her lawyer issued a statement saying Dr. Simon did “incredibly great things” for Michigan State and served “with distinction.”
If she is convicted of the charges, she will not receive her office space, public recognition of her emeritus status, or her official portrait. So there.