One the foremost lessons Penn State coach Joe Paterno taught his teams over the years was that each player was a highly visible representative of the football program, as well as the entire university.
To earn respect, we learned to demonstrate respect toward others — on and off the field.
It was a simple formula.
Likewise, members of the board of trustees are highly visible representatives of Penn State.
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Sadly, many of our trustees do not grasp the concept of respect and the upholding of core values in portraying Penn State in a positive light.
On Dec. 15, a substantial majority of the Penn State trustees led by Chairman Keith Masser and joined by President Eric Barron boycotted the special board meeting duly called by the alumni-elected trustees. This constituted an act of disrespect.
Suppressing fellow board members’ concerns via an orchestrated boycott of a legitimately called trustees meeting cries of fiduciary irresponsibility.
Moreover, it mocks the values of integrity, professionalism and success with honor by failing to treat one’s own teammates — fellow board members — with the respect they deserve.
Masser issued a statement insisting that there are matters of finance more worthy of the board’s consideration. Wouldn’t the recovery of about $100 million qualify as a financial matter of significant consequence that could positively impact the students?
It is time for the majority members of the board to show a little respect to the elected representatives of the heart and soul of Penn State — its alumni.