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“We’re optimistic about FRIB because we’re now in the stage where it’s not a new thing,” Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon tells Russ White in her mid-semester update for MSU Today on all things MSU. Their first topic is her reaction to recently proposed budgets by President Obama and Governor Snyder.
“And we’re on the trajectory for funding to get the project done on time. At the state level, the tax credit issue genuinely took a lot of people by surprise. In the world of this budget, two percent is viewed as a very good number. It’s not what we planned, but it’s a very good number.”
MSU marked its 160th birthday on February 12, and President Simon says MSU “is committed to be better tomorrow than it is today” and she describes the hyper-competitive world of “recruiting 5-star faculty who can go anywhere.”
On a memorandum of understanding between Michigan State University and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations that calls for close cooperation in elevating the profile of inland fisheries in global policies and planning, President Simon says it “positions us to not simply to talk about fish, which are very important because they’re 60 percent of the protein sources for the world’s population,” but also positions MSU to be a significant partner in the overall food and agriculture area.
President Simon recently concluded her two-year run as chair of the NCAA Executive Committee. It’s a group, she says, “that worries about 450,000 student-athletes and what’s best for them.” She thinks people forget that the NCAA is about more than just the few student-athletes they read about or see on TV.
President Simon will now focus more on her role as vice chair of the Association of American Universities. “It’s a privilege to be a part of the board of directors to be a voice for places like Michigan State being among the best.”
President Simon closes reminding citizens about the importance of private giving in today’s higher education climate and says about MSU, “fundamentally we’re about people, their ideas, and their passions.”