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The MSU board of directors meets after the resignation of President Lou Anna Simon to announce the appointment of an interim president.
Robert Killips | Lansing State Journal

EAST LANSING – Michigan State University board member George Pearls has resigned with immediate effect.

"Michigan State University has been my home and my family's home for nearly 65 years," writes Pearl in his resignation letter. He cited compromised mobility and life with the effects of Parkinson's disease

The chairman of the board, Brian Breslin, said in a press release that he had known George for many years and that his dedication to the university was second to none.

"He cares deeply about people here and has worked selflessly over the years – whether as a player, coach, sports director or board member – to push MSU to its greatest potential. . "

Pearls played football at the MSU in the 1950s and coached the Spartans from 1982 to 1994, leading the team to victory at the 1988 Rose Bowl.

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