Two candidates for trustee in the crowded field have dropped out of the race.
Rudy Glocker, a Nittany Lion letterman on the ballot in the Penn State trustee race, said he will “take one for the team” and bow out of the fray to support three candidates endorsed by an alumni grassroots group.
In addition, former trustee and current candidate Ben Novak announced his withdrawal from the race and that he is supporting the same three hopefuls as Glocker.
Novak said the Paterno family’s support of those three candidates was pivotal in his decision.
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Glocker, of Henderson, Nev., said in a letter released this weekend that Barbara Doran, Edward “Ted” Brown and William Oldsey have his support. Glocker was among six candidates being considered for an endorsement by the group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, but the group’s members did not select him when the list was narrowed down to three.
Glocker said “It’s time for me to focus on the goal at hand — ensuring that the current alumni trustees up for re-election are ‘retired’ and replaced with these three excellent candidates.”
The incumbents, Paul Suhey and Stephanie Deviney, have faced attack ads and criticism from various alumni over the past few months.
Glocker said the past 17 months since the Jerry Sandusky scandal erupted have been “incredibly devastating” to him, as he watched coach Joe Paterno “pilloried without fairness, process, respect or the acknowledgement (sic) of his well-known character.”
“I sincerely believed that the best way to seek the truth and to restore Penn State’s great name was through securing a seat on the board of trustees,” said Glocker, who promised to continue his commitment to Penn State despite withdrawing from the race.
Voting started Wednesday, and by the close of business that first day, 9,226 alumni had voted.
Voting continues through May 2 for three alumni seats on the 32-member board.