Board of Trustees

Ted Sebastianelli announces candidacy for Penn State board of trustees

A two-time candidate for Penn State’s board of trustees will run again this spring for one of three alumni seats.

Ted Sebastianelli, who finished fifth out of 39 candidates in last year’s election, said Monday that the 2014 alumni election is important to shift the balance away from the trustees who have not defended Penn State in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.

Sebastianelli, a State College resident and Penn State graduate in the Class of 1969, said he supports recently proposed legislation by state Sen. John Yudichak, D-Luzerne, that would reduce the number of trustees from 30 to 23. He also supports subjecting Penn State to the state’s Right to Know Law for increased transparency.

The cost of a Penn State education is also important to Sebastianelli, who said the problem of students graduating with large amounts of debt needs to be addressed. Otherwise, he said, “We stand the risk of pricing ourselves out of the market.”

Sebastianelli is a past president of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club and is a member of the university’s Alumni Association.

Sebastianelli joins former state Sen. Bob Jubelirer as the two hopefuls who have announced their candidacies before the official process begins.

Nomination forms will be available Jan. 15, and candidates need to secure at least 50 nominations by Feb. 25 to appear on the ballot. Voting will begin April 10.