Board of Trustees

Christopher Owens, candidate for Penn State board of trustees

About Owens:

•  Mobile banking manager / Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union (PSECU)

•  Class of 2006, double major IST as well as Economics

•  From Mechanicsburg

My original platform focused on board reform, resurrecting the Joe Paterno statue at the Paterno Library, and keeping tuition affordable. I recently attended the board of trustees meeting in Hershey, and the Pennsylvania Senate hearing on governance and believe the board is on the path to meaningful reforms. If elected, I would still like the size of the board reduced and the Business & Industry trustee power bloc removed.

With board reform more or less taken care of, I would push for an official apology from Penn State to the Paterno family. Joe and Sue Paterno dedicated their lives to Penn State and the State College community by donating their time and raising money for the university, especially for the Paterno Library. I would still like to resurrect the Joe Paterno statue in or around the Paterno Library to reinforce his positive impact on the campus.

Having graduated in 2006, the burden of Penn State’s tuition being among the highest in the country is still fresh in my mind. Enrollment is down across the commonwealth and the board’s solution is to build more dorms and raise costs? How is my son (due in June, class of 2035) going to afford Penn State? Enrollment is down because PSU is pricing itself out of existence and I would fight to reverse this trend. My recent experiences as a student and working with Old Main as part of the student government (USG/UPUA) set me apart from all of the other candidates.

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