Board of Trustees

Franco Harris endorses trustee candidate

Former Penn State and NFL player Franco Harris talks to a friend before the memorial.  The memorial for Joe Paterno was held Thursday, January 26, 2012, in the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University campus in State College, Pa.  Centre Daily Times/Nabil K. Mark
Former Penn State and NFL player Franco Harris talks to a friend before the memorial. The memorial for Joe Paterno was held Thursday, January 26, 2012, in the Bryce Jordan Center on the Penn State University campus in State College, Pa. Centre Daily Times/Nabil K. Mark Centre Daily Times

Former Penn State and Pittsburgh Steeler running back Franco Harris endorsed Ryan McCombie in the race for university trustee.

McCombie, a 1970 graduate and retired U.S. Navy captain, is one of 86 candidates in the race. Three alumni seats are up for election this year.

In a news release announcing the endorsement, Harris praised McCombie for his experience.

“His crisis management experience and decision making experience in difficult times definitely gets Ryan one of my three votes,” Harris said.

Harris has been an outspoken critic of the board’s decision to fire Joe Paterno and the handling of the scandal since then. The board cited Paterno's response to allegations of child sex abuse by former coach Jerry Sandusky.

McCombie completed French SEAL training and served a two year tour with the elite Commando Hubert after beginning service in Vietnam. Since serving in the Navy, McCombie has worked as an executive and consultant. Most recently, he was the senior Navy representative and faculty instructor at the Army War College in Carlisle.

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