Southwest Michigan Today: Tuesday May 28, 2019

May 28, 2019

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Michigan State University trustees meet to select a new president. A plan to keep Asian Carp out of the Great Lakes goes to Congress. Gas prices drop in Michigan after an increase last week.

(Detroit Free Press) The president of Stony Brook University is reportedly set to be named the next president of Michigan State University. The Detroit Free Press reports that multiple sources in MSU’s administration have confirmed that Samuel Stanley Junior will be hired as president. The board of trustees is scheduled to meet Tuesday morning in East Lansing. Stony Brook, based on Long Island, is one of 64 schools in the State of New York University system. Stanley has been Stony Brook’s president since 2009. Lou Anna Simon stepped down as Michigan State’s president last year amid the fallout from the sexual abuse scandal involving former university sports doctor Larry Nassar. Former Michigan governor John Engler was named interim president in January of 2018. However, he resigned earlier this year under pressure from trustees after several controversial comments about sexual abuse survivors. Satish Upda has been Michigan State’s acting president since January.

(WCMU) Congress will begin reviewing a plan to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes soon. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers submitted its final plan last week. The plan could cost $830-million and will include acoustic and electric barriers, among other measures. If Congress approves the money for it, the Corps of Engineers says the barriers could be in place by 2027.

(Detroit News) One of Detroit’s major real estate developers won’t be at the annual Mackinac Policy Conference this week. Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert is recovering from a stroke he suffered over the weekend. A statement from the company says Gilbert is awake, responsive and resting comfortably. The Detroit News says that Quicken Loans Vice Chairman Bill Emmerson will replace Gilbert at this week’s conference on Mackinac Island hosted by the Regional Detroit Chamber of Commerce.

AAA says the average price of gas in Michigan has dropped after hitting $2.93 a gallon last week. The auto club says the average price of a gallon of gas, as of Tuesday morning is $2.87. Kalamazoo County’s average of $2.78 a gallon is among the lowest in the state.

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