In a Dec. 19 column, Penn State President Eric Barron attempted to justify the conditions he wants to place on the alumni-elected trustees’ request for access to all Freeh materials. The alumni trustees have a right under Pennsylvania law to these materials without restrictions — Nonprofit Corporation Law of 1988, as amended.
Barron chose to ignore the law and tried to dictate terms for the review of Freeh’s materials.
This action is yet another display of very poor judgment by the folks in Old Main. Barron needs to review Penn State’s organizational chart to see the obvious: He is subordinate to the board of trustees.
If you want to communicate with your boss, you do not do it in the Centre Daily Times. To do so is inappropriate grandstanding. A letter, an email or in person are the appropriate avenues to respectfully convey your opinion to your boss.
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Good judgment is critical for any person in a leadership position. Barron’s decision to conduct vital university business in the newspaper shows extremely poor judgment on his part.
I question whether he is the right person to lead our university. I hope he proves these doubts unfounded by standing on the side of truth and justice.
Hilton Head, S.C.