George Weigand: Penn State Board of Trustees candidate

April 10, 2014 

Biographical information

State College

Age: 72

Education: B.S. elementary education, 1964; M.Ed. curriculum and instruction, Bloomsburg State College, 1969

Work: retired educator, former elementary principal, East Lycoming School District; director of strategic planning, Towanda Area School District; former elementary principal, Union-Endicott School District; former director of Student Teaching Office, Penn State

Experience and activities: lifetime member, Penn State Alumni Association; past president, New York State Association of Compensatory Educators; president, Penn State women’s volleyball booster club; president, Penn State softball booster club; past president, Friends of Penn State Men’s Hockey Club

State College

Age: 72

Education: B.S. elementary education, 1964; M.Ed. curriculum and instruction, Bloomsburg State College, 1969

Work: retired educator, former elementary principal, East Lycoming School District; director of strategic planning, Towanda Area School District; former elementary principal, Union-Endicott School District; former director of Student Teaching Office, Penn State

Experience and activities: lifetime member, Penn State Alumni Association; past president, New York State Association of Compensatory Educators; president, Penn State women’s volleyball booster club; president, Penn State softball booster club; past president, Friends of Penn State Men’s Hockey Club

Please describe your motivations for running for the Board of Trustees.

The biggest motivation which has driven me to run for this office, is the dedication and pride that I have for Penn State. I realize that one person will not be able to accomplish anything by themselves, but with the support of the alumni and friends that are around us, I am sure that there is nothing we won’t be able to do. Let’s move forward and elect someone who not only has the passion and desire to be successful, but also the willingness to listen to those who will elect them. No one group or person will accomplish the tasks and challenges in front of them, it will take the whole community.

What are the most important challenges ahead for Penn State, and if elected, how would you address them?

One of the biggest challenges that faces the board of trustees is to reinstate the legacy of Joseph V. Paterno.

It is also time for us to gain control of the ever-increasing tuition costs. Our current graduates are leaving Penn State University in debt for more than $30,000 or more. We need to develop a relationship with our elected officials that will enable us to show just how important it is for them to make a larger appropriation of funds to ensure that our students will be able to afford to attend Penn State.

We also need to provide our new president with support and any information that we can, so we will be able to continue to move forward during his tenure. We need to listen first and ask questions that will direct Penn State University to further successes in academics as well as athletics.

If elected, what position would you support on the topic of Penn State board of trustees reform?

Absolutely! This is the second greatest challenge facing the board of trustees. It is time for us to provide an open dialogue with our constituents and to seek input from all departments as we move forward. One of the first things for us to tackle is the notion of term limits. I respect the fact that many individuals have served for a long period of time. It is time to seek some new ideas and differing opinions from our newly elected board of trustee members. No one has all the answers to all of the challenges, but with an openness and deliberate communication with the people who will elect us, I believe we will accomplish everything that the majority would like to see done. It won’t be easy, but compromise always seems to work in the end.

If elected, what position would you support about Joe Paterno?

If elected, one of the first tasks in front of me, is to restore the legacy of Joseph V. Paterno. This gentleman served the athletes, parents, staff of Penn State University with dignity and grace. His “Success With Honor” campaign proved to be extremely successful. “Wouldn’t it have been great if he had received the due process he so richly deserved?”

Is there anything else you want voters to know about you and your candidacy?

I am an individual who is willing to devote as much time as needed to accomplish the tasks before us. Since I am a local resident, it will be easy for me to attend as many committee meetings as needed to get input from all parties and make the difficult decisions that we are faced with making. I look forward to the support of many of our alumni to become one of the newest board of trustee members.

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