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MSU Board of Trustees to meet following shutdown of survivor healing fund

Posted at 9:19 AM, Dec 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-14 09:19:07-05

EAST LANSING, Mich. (WSYM) — The Michigan State University Board of Trustees will discuss several things during their meeting of the semester Friday.

But talks of reopening the Healing Assistance Fund for survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar is not on the board's agenda.

Michigan State University closed the fund after the university transferred $500 million into a settlement fund to compensate survivors.

The $10 million Healing Assistance Fund was set up in 2017 as the Nassar scandal grew.

Approximately $1.5 million was spent on the services of the $10 million that was set aside. Interim President John Engler said the university will redirect approximately $8.5 million remaining in the Healing Assistance Fund to the settlement payment.

Many survivors and sexual assault advocates were outraged after the fund was closed.

Trustees Brian Mosallam, Dianne Byrum and incoming Trustees Brianna Scott and Kelly Tebay released a joint statement saying they opposed Engler's decision to end the Healing Assistance Fund.

"The press announcement by interim President John Engler announcing the closure of the Healing Assistance Fund came as a surprise and we do not support his decision," the statement read.

"We intend to bring this topic before our current and future board colleagues," the statement continued.

Friday's meeting will also be the last for Trustees Brian Breslin and Mitch Lyons, who will be replaced by Scott and Tebay after being elected to the board in November.

The board will also not be joined by Trustee George Perles, who resigned due to health reasons last month. His replacement is expected to be appointed by Governor Rick Snyder before Snyder's term ends on Dec. 31.

The MSU Board of Trustees final meeting of the semester will be held on the fourth floor of the Hannah Administration Building at 8 a.m. Doors open at 7:30 a.m.

The board's next meeting will be held on Jan. 9.