LANSING — Gov. Whitmer announced today the appointment of law professor, author, and East Lansing resident Renee Knake to the MSU Board of Trustees. Knake will be filling the spot on the board that has been vacant since former board member Nancy Schlichting resigned in October. In response, state Rep. Julie Brixie (D-Meridian Township) issued the following statement:

“Our students, their families and the entire MSU community deserve a Board and administration that will listen, instill accountability, and act transparently and ethically. As an author and attorney, Professor Knake is a leading voice on ethics, gender diversity, and first amendment rights. These are all qualities that will serve her very well in this role. It’s time to restore trust, which begins with waiving privilege and an independent review.”