Richard Scott uses three daily planners to help him stay on top of his busy schedule. He’s pursuing two majors—political science and theatre, along with a certificate in public administration—which might explain why he’s enrolled in nearly 18 course credits this semester. Now the Frostburg State University junior is about to add another number to his equation for success: he has been nominated to serve as the sole student representative on the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.
The Student Regent is a full-fledged, voting member of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, appointed by the Governor of Maryland. Only one student from across the System serves each year. The responsibilities of the appointment include serving on various committees and making sure the voice of the University System student body is heard, jobs that require frequent trips to Annapolis. His one-year term begins July 1. Scott is the second FSU student in the history of the University System of Maryland to fill this role: the last time an FSU Student Regent served the Board was during the 1999-2000 school year.
Scott’s involvement in a variety of activities has kept him in the public eye here on campus as well as in Annapolis.
“In the past seven months that I have known Richard Scott, I have seen him as an actor in one of our student plays, interacting with U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin, working out at the Fitness Center and working on behalf of all students at Frostburg State University,” FSU President Jonathan Gibralter said. “He is a remarkable young man, and I believe him when he says that some day he hopes to be President of the United States. I am very proud of the fact that he has been chosen to be Student Regent and know he will represent Frostburg State University and all students in Maryland very well.”
Scott has had his heart set on representing the people through politics for many years.
“My mom stressed the importance of voting to me early on,” he said, remembering how she routinely took him inside voting booths with her until he was 12, and too big to go anymore. Scott also attended the 1997 Clinton Inauguration, where he saw Maya Angelou and visited the office of U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., D-Ill. He also established a lasting mentorship with Maryland Senate President Mike Miller while interning at the Office of the President of the Maryland Senate.
“I was very happy to hear of Richard Scott's nomination as Student Regent for the University System of Maryland,” Miller said. “During his time as an intern in my office, Richard proved himself to be a very dedicated and hard-working young man, and the University System will no doubt be very pleased with his performance as Student Regent. His insight and opinions will be an asset to the Board.”
Scott’s passion for politics has continued to follow him to Frostburg, where he is active with the College Democrats and recently helped coordinate Gov. Martin O’Malley’s campaign visit to FSU, which drew nearly 500 people.
“The O’Malley event was really big because it shows that Frostburg cares,” Scott said. “People throughout the state get caught up in the stereotype of how Frostburg is such a party school. They forget we produce students who compete at the highest levels in the country.”
Making sure people know what an amazing place Frostburg is and how talented and scholarly its students are will be key highlights in the agenda Scott wants to pursue as University System student representative. In addition to marketing the school in a positive light, Scott also wants to focus on dealing effectively with the rising costs of tuition and developing something he calls “text-free textbooks,” books that students can read online and not have to buy.
Getting up in front of people to present ideas is nothing new for Scott. In addition to his growing career in government, he is also an actor who has performed in various University Theatre performances and, with the help of his agent, has even snagged a few roles in independent films. Following graduation from FSU, he dreams of spending a few years in Washington, D.C., and then moving to Los Angeles to pursue acting and directing, a path that reflects the multiplicity of his talents and goals.
“The reason I think I’m going to do well in politics is because I reach across a lot of spectrums,” he said. “I like to look at the entire situation.”
Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 13 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland.
For more information about FSU, contact the Office of Admissions at (301) 687-4201 or visit the University’s Web site at www.frostburg.edu.