Announcing my candidacy for the Board of Trustees

Published January 14, 2014
Penn State trustees meet in Scranton on July 13, 2012

More than two years ago, the world tried to destroy the Penn State family. And our own leaders turned their backs on us when we needed them the most.

Today Penn State is in a better place, but more work lies ahead. And as the university community marches forward, we have to remain committed to long-term reform.

That’s why I’m proud to announce that, once again, I’ve decided to seek a seat on the Board of Trustees.

My commitment to transparency and integrity has gone unmatched. Last year, I restored our right to obtain records of some members of the Board of Trustees. As the founder of the Penn State Sunshine Fund, I will continue the fight to shed light onto the university’s operations. And as a trustee, I will work tirelessly to make the board transparent and provide the answers that alumni demand.

But the university also faces other issues that are vital to its long-term success. Out of control tuition is making our alma mater too expensive for even the most committed Penn Staters. We must immediately and aggressively act to reduce the cost of attendance by cutting expenses and restructuring tuition in a way that offers opportunities for all.

Nomination ballots will be emailed to you after midnight tonight. Please nominate Ryan M. Bagwell, Class of 2002. And when you’re done, please let me know so I can keep track.

Penn State continues to face tremendous challenges that are becoming easier to ignore as they fade from the front page. It’s up to us – the alumni – to elect leaders who committed to changing the culture and tackling the university’s toughest challenges.

I’ve demonstrated my willingness to fight for the answers we deserve. If elected, I pledge to continue those efforts while representing your interests on the Board of Trustees.

Tomorrow, please remember to nominate Ryan M. Bagwell, Class of 2002.