Former state Sen. Jubelirer to testify at Conklin's western Pa. hearing on PSU reform proposals
STATE COLLEGE, Oct. 7 – Centre County state Rep. Scott Conklin said former state Sen. Robert Jubelirer will testify at the upcoming hearing on his Pennsylvania State University multi-bill reform package.
"I welcome Mr. Jubelirer's testimony," Conklin said. "At the end of the day, this about having an open discussion and I commend those who are coming to the table to let their voice be heard.
"This is an important step to restoring the public's pride in our great university."
The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Penn State Greater Allegheny Campus, 4000 University Drive, McKeesport. The hearing will be held in the Ostermayer Room, which is located within the Student Community Center.
Conklin added he also will be joined by PSU trustee Anthony Lubrano, who will serve as a panelist during the public hearing.
Lubrano is a 1982 graduate of PSU. He is the founder and president of A.P. Lubrano & Co. Inc. Lubrano was elected to serve as a board member in 2012 and his current term will run through 2015.
Conklin proposed reforms are prompted by recommendations issued by former Auditor General Jack Wagner in the wake of the conviction and sentencing of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Proposed reforms include:
·Prohibiting the university president and the state's governor from serving as voting members of the board;
·Amending Penn State’s enabling statute to make the governor and the secretaries of Education, Agriculture and Conservation and Natural Resources ex-officio members of the board;
·Prohibiting anyone who has served as governor or in the capacity of a statewide row office from serving on the board until four years after their term has ended;
·Requiring the board to elect officers annually;
·Requiring trustees to comply with the state's Ethics Act, including the financial disclosure provisions;
·Reducing trustee term limits to nine years and establishing three-year terms;
·Reducing the overall size of the board of trustees to 22 members; and
·Making the state's Right-to-Know Law applicable to Penn State.
"The goal of my proposals is to increase accountability and transparency within the board," Conklin said.