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Nassar survivor plots potential MSU Board of Trustees run

Apr 26, 2018

Amanda Thomashow, at podium, is considering a run for the MSU Board of Trustees.
Credit Emma Winowiecki/ Michigan Radio

A woman who says Michigan State University ignored her sexual assault complaints is considering a run for the school’s board of trustees.

Amanda Thomashow says she's strongly considering a run for the position. She’s a survivor of Larry Nassar. He’s the former MSU doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years. Thomashow reported Nassar to school officials, but her complaint was swept under the rug.

“I’ve always loved that school and I’m a little disappointed in them right now," she said. "But I don’t think that that means they don’t have a chance to be better. And if I can be part of that positive change I definitely would like to.”

For months there have been calls for the entire Board of Trustees to step down. That’s due to the school’s handling of sexual assault complaints and a desire for a change in leadership following the Nassar scandal.

“I think that it’s time to reprioritize at the university," Thomashow said. "I think that it’s time that we put the students and faculty and staff first, but most importantly the students.”

Thomashow says she’ll likely make a decision within the next two weeks.