I bleed blue and white as most of you do. The last year and a half has been hard to understand, not to mention hard to accept. The sanctions were not only unreasonable but they also hurt the wrong part of our “culture.” The sanctions hurt our students, faculty, alumni, and especially our student-athletes who have all strived to help make the Pennsylvania State University the great institution it is today. They have stripped the reputation of one of the greatest football coaches of all time. Not the greatest because of his victories but because he helped make sure his boys grew up to be men who revered family, education and integrity more than football. Our graduation of football players and other student-athletes has always been among the highest in the nation because he revered education more than sport. Joe demonstrated they can be had together. Our “culture” is good. That is why “We are Penn State proud.”
Our board and administration were complicit in destroying the reputation of the university and “Joe.” They knuckled under to an unprecedented media attack. My platform is simple. Change the “culture” of the board. I support change in governance, board rules and transparency and will work tirelessly to achieve it.