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Penn State President Rodney Erickson to Address National Press Club on Oct. 31

by on September 19, 2012 6:00 AM

In a speech to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Penn State President Rodney Erickson will address the state of the university.

Erickson will be in the nation's capital on Oct. 31 as part of the club's Speakers Luncheon Series.

According to Penn State, Erickson will discuss what the school 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."

Also to be included in Erickson's speech:

  • Penn State's ranking as one of the top 50 world universities;
  • the University's student-athlete 88 percent graduation rate, which tops the NCAA Division I average;
  • the robust growth of Penn State's research enterprise with more than $807 million in research; expenditures;
  • the $10.7 million Penn State students raised last year for THON, the largest student-run philanthropy in the world.

"In the face of the challenging times we've experienced, it's important that the world knows Penn State is and always will be a world-class university with a mission of teaching, research and service," Erickson said. "Penn State is defined not by the actions of a few, but by the deeds of hundreds of thousands committed to making our world a better place – leaders in our communities, academia, business, research, athletics and philanthropy."

The speech comes subsequent to Penn State's inaugural conference on child sexual abuse, to be held Oct. 29-30 at the Penn Stater.

Erickson also will discuss Penn State's commitment to making child sexual abuse prevention part of Penn State's mission, according to a news release. 

"Penn State is adamant about focusing our energy in a positive way to help identify, prevent and treat child sexual abuse – a challenge that, as we have learned in the most personal of ways, knows no bounds," he said.

According to Penn State, the National Press Club is one of the nation's premier speaking venues with more than 3,500 members. Luncheon speakers are selected by a committee under the direction of the club president.

For more information about Erickson's speech, please visit To reserve tickets, e-mail or call (202) 662-7501.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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