Michigan State President Simon receives contract extension

Contact: Deb Hammacher, University Relations: (517) 353-1772, hammacher@msu.edu

Sep 15, 2006

EAST LANSING, Mich. — With its chairperson calling it “an affirmation of both achievement and momentum,” the Board of Trustees of Michigan State University today unanimously extended President Lou Anna K. Simon’s contract to Sept. 30, 2011.

Simon’s original three-year contract as the university’s 20th president would have expired January 2008.

“With President Simon completing half of her three-year term, the board is proud to extend a presidency that has been so widely accepted as impressive,” said David Porteous, board chairperson. “This modification is an affirmation of both achievement and momentum, as President Simon leads MSU’s ambitious efforts to go from ‘land-grant to world-grant’ in the years ahead.”

Porteous cited Simon’s leadership in the $1.2 billion capital campaign, the university’s Boldness by Design initiatives, efforts to advance the state’s and region’s bioeconomy, and “tireless advocacy” for students and faculty among the reasons for the board’s action.

“Not only does she have a bold vision; she has the skills, experience, and drive to achieve that vision we share,” Porteous said. He added that he has consulted with and received “very positive feedback” from an array of university constituencies.

Simon acknowledged “the great work of Team MSU as we work together to be the model for the 21st century ‘world-grant’ university.”

She added that support has been global – literally.

“Roy and I appreciate the support of the Board of Trustees and Spartans around the world,” she said. “Team MSU has achieved much, even more than was envisioned when I was appointed. Roy and I are honored by the trust placed in us, and we are motivated to continue to build on our momentum beyond the time we originally envisioned.”

Porteous said the board’s compensation committee is continuing its analysis, and that Simon’s future compensation will be derived in part from that study and formally addressed at a later meeting.