William Strampel, former dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, retired from MSU effective June 30, 2018 under an agreement signed July 5. His retirement means the university will not continue with the tenure revocation process, which Interim President John Engler called for in February.
The retirement agreement bars Strampel from receiving emeritus status, which is a traditional honor for retiring faculty. Strampel will also forfeit other benefits related to executive level retirement, but will receive basic retiree health care coverage.
“As I said before, Strampel has not acted with the level of professionalism expected of an MSU employee, particularly one holding an office with the responsibility of patient safety. His conduct and attitude were unacceptable and went against the values of this university,” Engler said. “While completing the tenure revocation process would have been highly satisfying, his immediate retirement means we have achieved the same goal—the end of the relationship between Strampel and MSU.”
Under the agreement, Strampel will receive $175,000. The final payment represents a compromise of the salary Strampel claims he would have been entitled to over the duration of the lengthy tenure revocation process.
While the agreement concludes the relationship between Strampel and MSU, it has no impact on the criminal charges pending against him from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.