Conklin releases statement on approval of PSU board reform proposal
HARRISBURG, June 11 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, released the following statement in support of the Senate State Government Committee's approval of legislation, S.B. 1240, which would enact reforms regarding the governance and structure of The Pennsylvania State University's Board of Trustees:
"This is an important step to restoring the public's pride in our great university.
"I applaud the committee's action in moving Sen. Yudichak's bill forward. It means discussions are happening and we're moving in the right direction.
"This proposal is nearly a mirror image to one of the Penn State reform bills I introduced. It would reduce the number of voting members from thirty to twenty-three. Similarly, this proposal would remove the governor and university president from serving on the board.
"We are working toward the same goal: to increase accountability and transparency within the board. The finish line is signing substantive legislation into law. Right now, we're done with the first leg of the race.
"We all need to continue to work in the best interest of the university, its students, faculty and alumni. I welcome working in tandem with the board and my fellow lawmakers across the aisle and across chambers," said Conklin.
The bill now moves to the full Senate for consideration.