LANSING — Earlier today, Michigan State University named Samuel Stanley Jr. M.D. as the university’s new president, succeeding Satish Udpa, who had been acting-president since January. In response to the news, state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township) issued the following statement:

“I commend the Board of Trustees for a very thorough and thoughtful search process and I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Samuel Stanley. Dr. Stanley brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the MSU community as a biomedical researcher with degrees from the University of Chicago and Harvard University, as well as having served as president of Stony Brook University for a decade. I am hopeful he will be successful in leading MSU forward on their continued journey toward healing.”