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Michigan State president announces resignation amid outcry over school's handling of allegations against Larry Nassar

Michigan State president announces resignation amid outcry over school's handling of allegations against Larry Nassar
Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon. (Carlos Osorio / Associated Press)

Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon has announced that she is resigning.

Simon is stepping down in the wake of a scandal involving Larry Nassar, who worked at Michigan State as a medical doctor. Nassar was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

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Many of the victims accused the university of mishandling past complaints about Nassar.

Simon released a statement saying as tragedies are politicized, blame is inevitable and acknowledged she was a natural focus of the anger as president.

Simon, who earned her doctorate at Michigan State in 1974, was promoted to school president in 2005.

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