PS4RS is a group of alumni and friends who recognized that poor leadership was unnecessarily tarnishing the PSU brand. We came together to replace that leadership through an established democratic process.
Our criticism of poor trustee decisions has been proven to be correct time and time again over the last three years. The trustees were wrong to fire Joe Paterno. They were wrong to assume guilt of Penn State employees before their cases were heard. They were wrong to contract Louis Freeh to write a report built on that assumption of guilt. They were wrong to sign the consent decree. They were wrong to say that our “culture” was at fault. And, now they are wrong to think that, because alumni have woken up to their poor leadership, they can change the composition of the board to marginalize us.
Our opinions are shared by prosecutor Frank Fina (who stated that Joe Paterno was not involved in a cover-up), by former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh (who stated that Freeh’s conclusions are unsupported), and by Commonwealth Court judges who questioned the validity of the consent decree.
It is offensive, frustrating and wrong that, instead of taking responsibility for their missteps, the embattled trustees maneuver to silence those who oppose them. There is no room for this type of “leadership” at a world class institution such as Penn State. Alumni and friends will do all we can to ensure that Penn State gets the kind of conscientious leadership it deserves.
Maribeth Roman Schmidt
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship