Letter to the editor | Informed and accountable

April 9, 2014 

Editor Chip Minemyer’s rundown of the candidates for Penn State board of trustees (“Independent candidates for Penn State board of trustees face ‘an uphill climb,’” CDT, Sunday) rightly acknowledges the crowded race of those vying for one of just three alumni seats.

But alumni should also recognize the weight of this very important decision.

Penn State’s problems have stemmed in part from trustees unwilling or unable to take the active role the position demands. The next wave of trustees must be engaged and willing to ask tough questions to initiate responsible reform.

Candidates extolling independence and a mind-set of responsible reform — such as Alice Pope, who is a Penn State alumna and a St. John’s University faculty member — represent a growing movement of alumni for whom informed stewardship and accountability are paramount.

Armand Alacbay, Washington D.C.

The writer is the director of trustee programs at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.

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