Video: President Erickson addresses National Press Club

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State President Rodney Erickson on Nov. 2 spoke before the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., providing a status report on the state of the the University as part of the club's Speakers Luncheon Series.

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Erickson discussed what the University has learned from the child sex abuse scandal, reforms it has put in place, and its ongoing commitment to its core mission of teaching, research and service.

His remarks underscored some of the University’s outstanding accomplishments this year: Penn State’s ranking as one of the top 50 world universities; the University’s student-athlete 88 percent graduation rate that tops the NCAA Division I average; the robust growth of Penn State’s research enterprise with more than $807 million in research expenditures; and the $10.7 million Penn State students raised last year for THON -- the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, which annually raises funds and awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

Excerpts from the speech cover Penn State's resolve to fight child abuse; the steps that have been taken to begin healing at the University; work being done to prepare Penn State for the future; and the ongoing and outstanding achievements of Penn Staters.

The National Press Club is one of the nation’s premier speaking venues and boasts more than 3,500 members. Luncheon speakers are selected by a committee under the direction of the club president.

Last Updated November 14, 2012