Democratic candidate Kelly Tebay is running for a spot on the Michigan State University Board of Trustees, but for her it’s more than just a seat at the table.
Tebay says that being on the board is not for her individual self, but gives her a voice for the voiceless and is. She is also committed to making changes at Michigan State, and as a recent graduate, she said she knows first hand what changes need to be made.
“I think we have a lot of work to do to change the culture at Michigan State and I’m really feel very strongly about committing to that and making sure that going forward,” said Tebay.
Kelly says she disappointed with how the current board has handled recent situations, including the Larry Nassar case and the hiring of interim university president John Engler.
“It’s very disheartening and discouraging when you hear our interim president bullying the survivors of Larry Nassar and i think that the board not asking for him to step down in those moments and allowing him to continue to serve was really disappointing because what kind of culture are we continuing to set for our student and faculty and staff if we’re allowing that go forward,” said Tebay.
New characteristics is what Tebay hopes to see in the next president
“We need someone thats going to challenge the board, challenge the way we do things, but I think they also need to be open to us challenging them and us asking questions, i think that’s the only way you get real change,” said Tebay.
Tebay has made it known that she is a sexual assault survivor and was assaulted while she was a student at MSU. Sexual assault threats and tuition are the two issue she says the board should make a priority.
“I really see that the culture here at Michigan state really hasn’t changed much since I was there and I feel like we’re experiencing some of the same problems that I experienced on campus, that have not been fixed,” said Tebay.
When asked what traits she would bring to the board she said “I’m not afraid to ask questions and I’m not afraid to say no and I’m not afraid to stand up for what I think is best for the students based on what they’ve told me.”
Tebay says she committed to helping regain the trust from the public and hopes people will give her that chance when they head to the polls next Tuesday.