Meet the 2 Republican nominees for MSU’s board of directors

EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has two seats up for grabs this year.

Mike Balow, a US Navy veteran from Detroit, and Travis Menge, an orthopedic surgeon from Grand Rapids, are both candidates for a seat on the board.

“With universities in our state and country, there are many health care issues. And I think it’s important to have someone with good healthcare leadership experience on the board,” Menge said.

Menge is running, in part, in opposition to the university’s vaccination mandate.

“I really oppose one size fits all for all campus vaccination mandates, I think it should be something that students and faculty can decide based on their own risk in conjunction with their personal physicians. “, did he declare.

His campaign also focuses on improving the quality of education for students while making it affordable.

“As a physician and health care provider, one thing I look at when caring for patients is that I look at the overall value of the care we’re providing,” he said. “I would like to bring higher or better value to the education of our students. And I think we achieve this both by improving our quality and controlling our costs.

Balow said his campaign was centered on prioritizing Michigan State’s students. He believes that the university does not live up to the slogan “Spartans Will”.

“I say ‘who will? I will,’ like I’m putting our kids first in this office,” Balow said.

Specifically, he fights against mandatory remote learning, mask mandates, and the vaccine mandate.

“It’s really about our children,” he said. “I have a junior at Michigan State. And my firm belief, which is as solid as it is fundamental, is that kids should come first.”

When MSU scrapped the swim and dive program, Balow regularly attended board meetings, advocating for the team’s reinstatement.

“Our flagship state university must put the education of our children above all other special interests. And that includes in the classroom, after-school sports. Since we shouldn’t remove any programs, we should add some.

Both candidates won the endorsement of the state’s Republican Party. They will be on the ballot in November.

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