EAST LANSING −The chairperson of the Michigan State University Board of Trustees said Monday afternoon she opposed an effort underway by a group of trustees to oust university President Samuel Stanley Jr.and late Monday a second trustee threw her support behind the embattled president.

Democrat Dianne Byrum in a lengthy, terse statement condemned attempts by fellow trustees “to remove him from his post before his contract is complete.”

She did not name the trustees involved in the effort. Monday evening, Republican Melanie Foster, the longest-serving member of the board, said in a statement that she also supported Stanley.

The Detroit Free Press first reported Sunday that the Board of Trustees gave Stanley until Tuesday to resign or face the possibility of termination.

Stanley was not available for comment.

Board Vice Chair Dan Kelly issued a statement after Byrum released her comments Monday afternoon, but it was unclear where he stood on Stanley continuing as president.

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