John Mason Jr., candidate for Penn State board of trustees

April 12, 2013 

About Mason:

•  Vice President for Research, Associate Provost and President of the Research Foundation at Auburn University

•  1970, associate degree in engineering; 1972, B.S. in transportation

•  Auburn, Ala.

I am fully committed to performing all the functions expected of a trustee, and I take very seriously the associated responsibilities. The heartbreak of recent events at our alma mater is felt by us all. What is needed now is transparent, capable and thoughtful leadership on the board to guarantee that comprehensive reforms are initiated soon and completed in a timely manner.

As an undergraduate student, I attended different campuses, gaining an appreciation of the benefits of our geographically distributed university. It is important that those avenues to individual growth are continued. Ensuring quality academic programs is critical to Penn State’s long-term success.

Our incoming students and their family members face serious financial challenges in securing an education. Strong, enthusiastic and articulate conversations must take place to ensure future students access to an affordable and preeminent education. Predictable financial resources from the public sector and ongoing philanthropic efforts must remain at the forefront of the University leadership’s deliberations and subsequent actions.

The attraction, retention and reward of high-quality faculty is critical because they are essential for Penn State’s continued national prominence. Diversity, in all of its dimensions, is essential to foster inclusiveness across all levels of the university. Given the excellent research reputation of Penn State, entrepreneurial efforts must continue to be enhanced with a dedicated vision.

I have the background, the experience and the knowledge that are required to perform in a leadership role that not only sustains Penn State’s reputation but also advances it in today’s difficult times.

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