Escorting Faculty Marshal: Michael Nelson, Associate Professor of Political Science
Charles is the son of Amy Linch and Pete Ryan of Riegelsville, Pennsylvania. A Paterno Fellow, Schreyer Scholar, and alumnus of the London School of Economics, Charles is graduating with B.S. degrees in Political Science and Economics. Charles was involved in the Presidential Leadership Academy and was the president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. Charles is currently a finalist for the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs and plans to relax for a few weeks while thinking about his next step.
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