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Nassar survivor plots potential MSU Board of Trustees run

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.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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