- Mark Hollis' announcement follows news of MSU president resigning
- "I am not running away from anything," longtime athletic director says
Hollis -- the second top MSU official to announce their departure this week -- said in an online statement he will "fully cooperate" with further investigations into Nassar's time on campus.
"This was not an easy decision for my family, and you should not jump to any conclusions based on our decision -- listen to facts," Hollis said. "I am not running away from anything, I am running toward something. Comfort, compassion and understanding for the survivors and our community; togetherness, time and love for my family."
Hollis' retirement comes two days after MSU President Lou Anna Simon said she was stepping down
after criticism of the way the school has handled the Nassar allegations since the late 1990s.
The MSU Board of Trustees voted unanimously Friday afternoon to accept Simon's resignation and appointed trustee Bill Beekman as acting president until an interim one is named. Beekman is vice president and secretary of the board.
More than 150 girls and women asserted during Nassar's sentencing hearing this month that Nassar -- also a former national gymnastics team doctor -- sexually abused them under the guise of medical care in his capacity as an MSU or USA Gymnastics physician over two decades.
Hollis: 'I will fully cooperate' with investigations
Though Nassar is in prison, a fallout continues, with Michigan's attorney general saying he will review
what happened at Michigan State, and the NCAA saying
it will look into whether the university violated any if its rules in the Nassar case.
Michigan State and USA Gymnastics are among the defendants in a number of civil lawsuits by more than 100 accusers, some of whom accuse the institutions of concealing or improperly dismissing
allegations of abuse.
The Detroit News recently reported
that misconduct allegations against Nassar reached at least 14 MSU representatives in the two decades before his arrest.
In his retirement statement, Hollis acknowledged the attention that the NCAA's and the attorney general's investigations were attracting.
"Let me be clear