After a controversial year in office and amid growing criticism of his tenure, MSU Interim President John Engler resigned on Wednesday, sending an 11-page resignation letter to the school's board shortly after 6 p.m.
"In compliance with your request that I resign & in order to ensure an orderly transition to my interim successor, I hereby resign the office of President of Michigan State University effective 9 am, Wednesday, January 23," the letter stated. "It has been an honor to serve my beloved university."
The move came hours after the board set a special meeting for early Thursday morning with the intent to fire him, sources told the Free Press.
Engler has been under heavy criticism for the past year since he took over for Lou Anna Simon, who herself resigned under heavy criticism for her handling of the Larry Nassar sexual assaults scandal.