Matthew Bird, candidate for Penn State board of trustees

April 12, 2013 

About Bird:

•  Project controls manager, Bechtel Power Corp.

•  B.S. civil engineering, 1980

•  Gettysburg

“Believe deep down in your heart that you are destined to do great things.” This is one of my favorite quotes from the late Joseph Vincent Paterno. We do not have to look far to see his inspiration. It is you and I and those students who are being enriched everyday throughout the commonwealth at campuses of the Pennsylvania State University. Fabulous people who are now doctors, lawyers, engineers, teachers and scientists have all accomplished these great things with the foundation of Penn State. And we have to look no further than the floor of the Bryce Jordan Center to see great things accomplished by our students at the IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. I have also had the pleasure of successfully recruiting these students for employment at Bechtel Corp. and watched their own accomplishments with pride.

My pride and passion for this institution is boundless. This passion now compels me to seek a position as an alumni member on the board of trustees. As we make our way through a difficult period, it is important to maintain that passion. I can assure you that I will not lose mine. My personal inspiration is manifested in my wife and children who are fellow alums and my youngest son who is on the doorstep of his freshman year. I am committed to them and all Penn Staters everywhere as we move forward. It would be an absolute honor to represent you on the board. Thank you for your consideration.

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