MSU dean: Nassar case driving anti-abuse efforts

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A dean tasked with overseeing critical changes at Michigan State University believes he and a team of medical professionals are doing everything they can to make the campus safer.

"It was realized that we had to restructure Michigan State, so that such a tragedy could never happen again," Dr. Norman Beauchamp told 24 Hour News 8.

Beauchamp joined MSU as the dean of the MSU College of Human Medicine in 2016. In February, he also took on a new role as associate provost and assistant vice president for health affairs amid fallout from the realization Larry Nassar was able to abuse athletes on MSU's campus.

Beauchamp spoke to 24 Hour News 8 about his new responsibility to highlight some of the positive change happening on campus.

"One of the things that perhaps isn't clear is we're sorry. What happened shouldn't have happened. And it can get lost, the extent of sadness for the injuries that occurred and how that's turned into a commitment for all of us to come together and work really hard," Beauchamp said.

He helped recruit five other medical professionals from around the country to round out a team focused on restructuring the university's health colleges, clinical programs and student wellness services.

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