Chairman Brian Breslin asked state Attorney General Bill Schuette to appoint an independent third party to investigate the school as soon as possible to see whether any other employees at Michigan State were complicit in allowing serial sexual predator Larry Nassar to abuse girls and young women on campus for almost two decades.
The former sports medicine doctor pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct while sexually abusing young girls under the guise of medical treatment while working for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.
"This is my home", Hollis said.
Hollis said he was not asked to retire, but instead it was a decision he and his wife, Nancy, made. Hollis also said he hoped his resignation "has a little bit, a little bit, of helping that healing process".
The probes follow Nassar's Wednesday sentencing that saw the former USA Gymnastics physician hit with a sentence of up to 175 years in prison for molesting scores of girls and young women.
The Michigan attorney general and the U.S. Olympic Committee are among those announcing plans to investigate how the Nassar allegations were handled.
Some of the nation's top gymnasts, including Olympians Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney, Simone Biles and Jordyn Wieber, said they were among Nassar's victims. Many victims have accused USA Gymnastics of ignoring or concealing their complaints in an effort to avoid negative publicity.
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Hollis' resignation came days after Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon announced her departure from the university. Another board member said the words of victims had been playing over and over in her mind since she heard them in the courtroom, on TV and through newspaper accounts. Board member Joel Ferguson apologized this week for saying previously that some victims were ambulance chasers seeking a payday.
MSU students took to the streets Friday in the wake of the Nassar the news continues to develop and hundreds shows up to express their support.
"We as students are the true Spartans", said Lemke Friday night. An athletic department that had bungled its handling of accusations against university-employed physician Larry Nassar-who was sentenced Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting more than 100 young female patients over two decades-apparently was bad at handling accusations of sexual violence in general. Beekman is vice president and secretary of the board.
Through the streets of East Lansing, and the Michigan State Campus, dozens of students took part in a March for Change.
But from the bottom, the MSU students want change. And if they do, it should be because the membership has clearly and unequivocally stated that they want the rules to apply to sexual assaults and schools are told in advance the expectations and standards. "I don't think there are bylaws set up for it. Nassar is being prosecuted, Michigan State is being sued".
Ex-MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages retired in February 2017, amid the Nassar scandal.
Hollis oversaw the athletic department for over a decade, officially taking on the role of AD on January 1, 2008 after more than a decade working within the department in various roles.