Outspoken alumna Alice Pope to run for Penn State board

From CDT staff reportsFebruary 6, 2014 

A St. John’s University professor who’s been critical of Penn State’s handling of the Jerry Sandusky scandal said Thursday she is seeking an alumni seat on her alma mater’s board of trustees.

Alice Pope, of Brooklyn, N.Y., said she wants Penn State to get to the bottom of the scandal and properly honor legendary coach Joe Paterno.

Pope said she has gotten the required 50 nominations to appear on the ballot for the election and is being endorsed by trustees Anthony Lubrano and Barbara Doran.

“I will honor our past, renew our pride and provide leadership for tomorrow. As a university, we need to embrace — not ignore — our tradition of success with honor in academics and athletics,” she said. “Now is the time for Penn State to acknowledge the immense contributions that Joe Paterno made to our great university.”

Pope earned her doctorate in psychology from Penn State in 1986. She also received her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from Penn State.

Pope has had faculty appointments at three universities, and she said her perspective as an educator would be beneficial to the board if she were elected. She also said her experience serving on a private school’s board after a financial crisis would help her promote the best practices for educational governance reform.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 25, and voting will start in April.

For more information about Pope’s campaign, go to http://alice4psuboard.com.

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