April 26, 2018

Explosive Report Exposes Depth of Problems at MSU

Matt Clayson Democrat for MSU Trustee at Campaign Launch Event

A 123% increase in the cost of tuition between 2001 and 2018 A 210% increase in the amount of long term debt between 2001 and 2015 A 672% increase in the amount of interest related payments on capital and related activities from 2002-2016 A faculty that is amongst the lowest paid in the Big 10 An administration that is amongst …

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April 12, 2018

Matt Clayson on Active Leadership

Matt Clayson’s perspective on active leadership were recently featured in Grand Rapids-based Rapid Growth Magazine.  Having been born and raised in Grand Rapids, Matt holds close the values of hard work, commitment and humility that Grand Rapids instilled in him.  Read more about Matt’s thoughts on active leaership here, or below: Game over: Enough excuses from Detroit to Grand Rapids …

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April 12, 2018

Business and Community Leader Matt Clayson Announces Candidacy for MSU Trustee

April 12, 2018 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Business and Community Leader Matt Clayson Announces Candidacy for MSU Trustee “It is time to Restore Integrity and Pursue Excellence at MSU” Detroit, Michigan.  Today, Detroit-based business and community leader Matthew Clayson will formally announce his candidacy for Michigan State University Trustee. Clayson is a recognized business and community leader in Detroit and Michigan …

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March 27, 2018

Matt Clayson in Detroit Free Press, talking leadership at MSU

Appeared as an Op-Ed in the Free Press, March 27, 2018 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Michigan Deserves Answers As the collective outrage inevitably begins to wane in the aftermath of MSU’s botched efforts to effectively address campus sexual assault, there remain serious questions about who will be selected to lead MSU as the permanent MSU president and …

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March 5, 2018

Securing Democratic Nomination for MSU Trustee

Now it’s on to securing the Democratic Party nomination for MSU Trustee, which will occur at the Democratic Party’s nominating convention in August.  And then onto the general election, where Trustees are elected by statewide vote of all registered voters. That means introducing – or in some instances, re-introducing – myself to party leadership, attending county and congressional district meetings, …

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March 1, 2018

Launching Campaign for MSU Trustee

Due diligence.  Lot’s of due diligence is needed to launch a campaign for MSU Trustee.  As a graduate with degrees in international relations and political theory from MSU’s James Madison College and as a corporate and compliance attorney who has worked with and/or led some of Michigan’s most successful start-ups – ePrize / HelloWorld, Shinola, Detroit Creative Corridor Center / …

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February 1, 2018

What do the MSU Board of Trustees do?

I was twice elected by my peers at Michigan State University to serve as a student representative on the MSU Board of Trustees.  There, as an optimistic and mildly naive 21-year old, I worked closely with MSU Trustees, fellow student representatives, core constituency and activist groups, faculty, staff and administrators to lobby board members to minimize tuition increases, protect $90,000,000 …

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January 7, 2018

Why Run for Office? And Why MSU Trustee?

I have a successful career, great family, good work life balance and amazing network of friends.  I sit on numerous boards who all do great work addressing issues concerning social justice, equity and economic opportunity.  I get invited to speak at various conferences and seminars on topics of privacy compliance, digital marketing and enterprise innovation.  I live a privileged life.  …

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January 5, 2018

A Message from Matt: It’s Time To Take Back Our University.

As Spartans, as Michiganders, we have a lot to be proud of; but right now, it is hard. And rightfully so. Our leadership has failed to respond, our administration has failed protect, our community has failed to listen. New Leadership New leadership and vision is needed. With a record of delivering results for Michigan State University, the city of Detroit …

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