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President's Perspective

  • Author:
    M. Peter McPherson
  • Published:
    Summer 2004

            Change is vital to growth and progress. Over the past decade you have read many of the changes under my presidency in this magazine.  In this issue, we proudly present MSU’s president-designate, Lou Anna K. Simon, and showcase more examples of major research here at MSU along with other MSU news.


            After 11 great years as MSU’s president, I recently decided that it is time for me to leave this position on January 1.  This has been a time of great progress for the MSU family and it has been very satisfying for Joanne and me.  Of course, until January I will continue to be a vigorous, hands-on leader, and advocate for MSU.

            Lou Anna is an excellent choice as the 21st president of Michigan State University and I strongly recommended her to the Board of Trustees.  I am  pleased to be followed by such an outstanding thinker and leader. Lou Anna Simon and I are the longest-serving president-provost team at a major university. I have valued and respected the excellent job she has done as provost during this period. I have great confidence in her ability to sustain the momentum of the last 11 years and take MSU to even greater heights.

            This fall semester will begin MSU’s Sesquicentennial celebrations.  In September we will inaugurate that celebration by dedicating an impressive statue of the great John Hannah.

            Finally, I extend my heartfelt thanks to Spartan alumni. You have been steadfast in your support of the university. I appreciate all the notes and letters of encouragement that I have received over the years. It has been a great honor to serve as your president.

Peter McPherson

President, Michigan State University