Michigan State University will name former Michigan Gov. John Engler to be interim president, multiple sources with knowledge of discussions told the Free Press.

Engler, a Republican, is a MSU graduate. He is expected to be named to the position at a special 9 a.m. MSU board meeting Wednesday.

Also coming on board is another former Michigan governor ,Jim Blanchard, a Democrat, who will be named as a senior adviser. Blanchard is also a MSU graduate.

Engler will be in place while the board conducts a full nationwide search for the replacement to Lou Anna Simon, who resigned last week in the fallout of the Larry Nassar case.

Contact David Jesse: 313-222-8851 or djesse@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter: @reporterdavidj

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