George Perles, citing health, resigns as MSU trustee

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The Michigan State University Trustee accused of covering up a rape allegation against Larry Nassar has resigned from the his position.

MSU sent a press release Thursday morning announcing George Perles resigned, effective immediately. It included a note that Gov. Rick Snyder has been notified and will make an appointment "in the near future."

The 84-year-old said in his resignation letter, "Michigan State University has been a home to me and my family for nearly 65 years.," before citing health challenges as impacting his decision.

“I have known George for many years and his dedication to the university is beyond compare,” MSU Board Chairman Brian Breslin wrote in the release. “He cares deeply about the people here and has worked selflessly over the years — whether that was as a player, coach, athletic director or board member — to push MSU to its greatest potential.”

Perles was first elected as trustee in 2007. He also was the head football coach for 12 years beginning in the 80s and athletic director from 1990 to1992. 

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