Board of Trustees

Senator to introduce legislation aimed at restructuring Penn State board of trustees

A state senator from northeastern Pennsylvania will introduce legislation Wednesday aimed at revamping the structure of Penn State’s board of trustees.

John Yudichak, D-Plymouth Township, has been critical of the Penn State board in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and he was one of the lawmakers who took testimony from Penn State trustees during senate hearings earlier this year.

Yudichak will unveil his bill during a news conference in the state Capitol alongside Sen. Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, who also has been a proponent of the General Assembly having a say in Penn State’s governance.

State lawmakers are just one of the groups that has weighed in with recommendations for changes Penn State should make in the way it governs itself.

Former Auditor General Jack Wagner had a long list of recommendations, and groups such as the university’s Faculty Senate and Alumni Association also have asked to have representation on the board.

Penn State is expected to hire a governance consultant to lead the university toward making decisions on matters such as the best size of the board, term limits and the way trustees are elected and selected.

It’s not likely lawmakers would have time this year to take up Yudichak’s legislation.