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Jeff Pegues appointed national trustee

<p>Jess Pegues has returned to Miami over the years including for a 2018 lecture and as the May 2019 commencement speaker.</p>

Jess Pegues has returned to Miami over the years including for a 2018 lecture and as the May 2019 commencement speaker.

The Miami University Board of Trustees (BoT) has appointed Jeff Pegues, a 1992 Miami graduate, to serve as a new national trustee.

Pegues, who is the chief justice and homeland security correspondent for CBS News, said he is honored to have the opportunity to help his alma mater in the coming years.

“When Miami accepted me as a student in the class of ’92, I began a journey that made me a better person as well as gave me direction and purpose,” Pegues said in an interview with The Miami Student. “I’ve been trying to return the favor over the last three decades.”

Before joining CBS, Pegues earned multiple Emmy nominations for his reporting at local news stations in Baltimore and New York City.

The national reporter has returned to Miami for various events over the years. In September 2018 he presented and signed copies of his latest book, “Kompromat: How Russia Undermined American Democracy,” about how Russian hackers influenced the American news cycle and 2016 presidential election.

Prior to being selected by the BoT,  Pegues delivered the 2019 commencement address in Yager Stadium.

“Everyone is excited to welcome Jeff Pegues to the board and to include his perspective from years of experience reporting on significant topics across the country,” said Claire Wagner, Director of University News and Communications.

The BoT consists of up to 17 members. Nine reside within the state of Ohio and are appointed by the governor with the consent of the State Senate. Two are non-voting student trustees, and up to six are national trustees who live out of state and serve as non-voting members of the BoT. 

National trustees allow the board to gain varying perspectives and input into university matters.

“The Board and I are thrilled that Jeff Pegues has agreed to become a member of Miami’s Board of Trustees. He is an incredibly accomplished individual who will be able to provide leadership and a unique perspective given his extraordinary insight on so many topics for his alma mater,” said David Budig, chair of the Board of Trustees. 

Pegues plans to take full advantage of his new role at his former university.

“As a member of the Board of Trustees,” Pegues said, “I hope to help ensure that Miami University remains among the best in the country and a place where dreams can be realized.”

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