New medical dean, Dantonio contract on agenda at MSU

February 16, 2018

East Lansing – With fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal still spreading, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees will consider approving a new leader for the school’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and extending the contract of football coach Mark Dantonio during a meeting Friday morning.

Andrea Amalfitano, director of MSU’s Clinical Sciences Institute, was named interim dean designee for the osteopathic medicine school last month, pending a vote by the trustees.

Amalfitano is to replace William Strampel, the school’s longtime dean who went on a leave of absence in December. He would be paid $325,000 a year.

Strampel has been named in lawsuits filed against MSU and Nassar, who has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting girls and young women during medical treatment.

A Detroit News investigation found that Strampel was one of at least 14 university staff members who received reports of sexual misconduct by Nassar in the two decades before the former MSU sports doctor’s arrest.

Among those notified was former MSU President Lou Anna Simon, who was informed in 2014 that a Title IX complaint and a police report had been filed against an unnamed physician. She resigned last month and was replaced by interim President John Engler, who moved last week to fire Strampel.

Also on Friday’s agenda is a one-year contract rollover for Dantonio that would run until Jan. 14, 2024. The MSU coach has faced scrutiny over the football program’s response to cases of sexual assault and violence toward women.

In addition, the trustees will consider approving the appointments of Bill Beekman as interim athletic director, at a salary of $400,000, and Carol Viventi as vice president and special counsel to the president, at a salary of $250,000.

Engler last week named Beekman, the school’s vice president and secretary of the Board of Trustees, to replace Mark Hollis, who retired last month amid the Nassar scandal.