Letter to the editor | Myers should limit his term

November 12, 2013 

In response to Joel Myers’ ad that appeared in the Centre Daily Times on Friday, I was a bit confused by his issue with the Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship’s ad from the prior week.

Myers called the ad an “attack,” but it simply stated the fact that Myers voted for 12-year term limits and that, as a board member of 32 years, his term would expire in 2014.

Myers went on to say that he not only voted for 12-year term limits but that he voted to apply those limits to new and existing trustees.

So, what’s the problem? If he thinks 12-year terms are sufficient, why is there any question about whether he’ll seek another term?

Over the past 18 months, the alumni have watched Myers go from being a strong advocate for standing up to the NCAA to advocating for exceeding the terms of the consent decree.

He has enjoyed the financial gain of a contract extension by the university with his company, Accuweather, and was appointed to the board’s insular and exclusive executive committee.

Is it just me, or do those seem like rewards for a change of heart?

Either way, if Myers believes in the reforms for which he voted, he should leave the board in 2014.

If he chooses to run, many alumni will take pride in retiring him three years early.

Linda Berkland, Marysville, Ohio

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