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Teresa K. Woodruff Named Interim President

Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., was selected by the Michigan State University Board of Trustees as MSU’s interim president effective Nov. 4, 2022.

Board Chair Dianne Byrum said Woodruff’s understanding of MSU and her strong connections to the academic and strategic missions of the institution make her the ideal leader to shepherd the institution through this period. 

“Dr. Woodruff is well positioned to lead our institution at this time while providing inspirational leadership for the university and ensuring we continue on the path toward academic and research excellence,” said Byrum. “The board has full confidence in her ability to move our strategic plans forward and ensure a safe and inclusive campus for all Spartans.” 

During Woodruff’s tenure as provost at MSU, she has successfully spearheaded improvements to the Title IX disciplinary process with unanimous and broad community support to ensure consistent and transparent disciplinary outcomes among faculty and academic staff. She helped negotiate a fair contract for non-tenured faculty and established a strategic plan to catalyze MSU’s academic and research excellence and student success efforts.?She also has built strong partnerships and relationships with state lawmakers, alumni and the philanthropic community, leading to newly invigorated academic physical spaces on campus. 


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