Michigan State begins process to fire Nassar's boss

2/9/2018 10:55:47 PM EST

With disgraced former doctor Larry Nassar likely to spend the rest of his life in prison, Michigan State on Friday took the first steps to fire his former boss.

The university announced in a statement that interim president John Engler has begun the process to terminate the tenure of William Strampel, former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Strampel was Nassar's boss while the latter had his sports medicine practice at the college, and Strampel has drawn scrutiny in recent months as it was revealed he did not follow up on recommendations from a Title IX investigation into Nassar -- recommendations which included not allowing Nassar to be alone with patients while treating "sensitive areas."

Strampel had also communicated his support to Nassar on multiple occasions despite the allegations, investigations have found. Strampel actually stepped down from his managerial role in the department last month, citing illness.

"William Strampel did not act with the level of professionalism we expect from individuals who hold senior leadership positions, particularly in a position that involves student and patient safety," Engler said in the statement. "Further, allegations have arisen that question whether his personal conduct over a long period of time met MSU's standards. We are sending an unmistakable message today that we will remove employees who do not treat students, faculty, staff, or anyone else in our community in an appropriate manner.

"I sincerely hope the courageous survivors of Larry Nassar will see this as an unmistakable indication that things are changing quickly at Michigan State. I said last week that their efforts would not be in vain. This is just the first step in restoring trust in Michigan State."

The university also suspended Suresh Mukherji as chair of the radiology department, though it did give a specific reason as to why.

Nassar will serve concurring prison sentences that each max out at more than 100 years after he serves 60 years for a child-pornography conviction.

Nassar sexually abused more than 150 females while serving as a physician for USA Gymnastics and the Michigan State gymnastics program. The sex-abuse scandal has rocked USA Gymnastics, with the entire board of directors agreeing to resign.

At Michigan State, president Lou Anna Simon and athletic director Mark Hollis both stepped down in late January.

--Field Level Media