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Sept. 29, 2023

Podcast: MSU's 'upward trajectory for the 21st century'

A conversation with the interim president

Michigan State University Interim President Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D., joins Russ White on MSUToday to elaborate on topics she covers in her September 2023 Spartan Community Letter, which you can read by clicking on the communications tab at

Conversation Highlights:

(1:00) – “That’s a really tremendous number of students who are placing their educational goals and aspirations with us at Michigan State.”

(2:26) – “Any university worthy of being called great needs a rich foundation in the arts.”

(3:44) – “Dan and Jennifer and their family are great Spartans…and we’re really honored that they would invest their resources in Michigan State and Henry Ford to find a cure for neurofibromatosis.”

(4:50) – “FRIB continues to be a leader for us, and we should always remember how pivotal that is for the university and for the region.”

(5:37) – “Number 14 is extraordinary. It means that we are among the elite public educating universities in the nation.”

(7:23) – “Sometimes it’s hard to see when you’re in the middle of that inflection point that we really are on an upward trajectory and to believe it.”

(9:34) – “We’re at an inflection point for the upward trajectory of the 21st century. But we all have to be in. We all have to be part of that progress.”

(10:28) – “And when I listened to his words, I could hear the voice of every Spartan wondering, ‘Can we make it?’”

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