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A message from Dean Beauchamp

January 17, 2019

Following last evening’s resignation of John Engler as interim president of Michigan State University, this morning the MSU Board of Trustees appointed Satish Udpa as acting president. Dr. Udpa is the MSU executive vice president for administrative services, a post he's held since 2013. Before that, he was the dean of the College of Engineering for seven years.

I am pleased with this appointment and believe Dr. Udpa has the right balance of compassion and leadership that our university greatly needs in these difficult times.

As a college, we exist to serve others and protect those who are vulnerable. Our actions and words must be consistent with our mission. We have a responsibility to hold each other accountable to the values that define us – especially if we are to continue to be the place people turn to in times of need, as well the community that those seeking to serve are inspired to call their own.  

I have unwavering faith in our community, our college and our university.

Moving ahead, I have every confidence that the presidential search committee – including the College of Human Medicine’s Dr. Wanda Lipscomb – will select a leader who embodies the principles and values we collectively share as the Michigan State University community.


Dean Norman J. Beauchamp Jr., MD, MHS