EAST LANSING, MI — After another controversy and a whirlwind 24 hours, John Engler is officiallyout, and Satish Udpa is the new interim president of Michigan State University.
So who is Udpa, exactly? An experienced campus leader who is coming in ready to lead a university in turmoil. Here’s what to know about him:
MSU is an institution that has been dogged by scandal — most notably around ex-Dr. Larry Nassar, who sexually abused hundreds of girls and women — and cultural problems related to its handling of sexual assault.
Udpa, who until his new role served as the university’s executive vice president for administrative services, said he was up for the task.
“I recognize it’s a challenge, but at the end of the day this is a job that needs to get done. We can’t continue to operate the way we’ve been for the last two years,” he said.