Letter to the editor | Decorum is in order

July 24, 2013 

The Penn State board of trustees recently hosted a public forum to discuss a wide range of important issues facing the institution.

In attendance were two distinguished individuals: state Rep. Scott Conklin and former state Auditor General Jack Wagner.

The event was broadcast on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.

While Conklin and Wagner wore appropriate business attire for the occasion, including ties and jackets, board Chairman Keith Masser was clad in a short-sleeved shirt, no tie, no jacket.

Board members of one of the country’s leading universities should set a proper example for impressionable students in every way — including through their conduct and the impression they make upon the public.

The Penn State student who wants to climb the corporate ladder upon graduation should be able to look to board members as role models.

Those who demonstrate no decorum or respect for their audience are sending the wrong message.

Oren Spiegler

Upper St. Clair

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