Board of Trustees

Penn State trustee candidates seek Paterno tribute

Three candidates for Penn State’s board of trustees race said Thursday they have a plan they’ll put forward if they’re elected that will honor longtime coach Joe Paterno.

Dan Cocco, Julie Harris McHugh and Matt Schuyler said they would ask incoming President Eric Barron to appoint a task force to study how and when the university can appropriately honor Paterno. The candidates said the group would be composed of alumni, faculty, staff and students.

Cocco, McHugh and Schuyler were endorsed by the new Upward State alumni group, which is promoting platforms its leaders say are positive and student-centered.

The group’s plan for honoring Paterno comes after published news reports that President Rodney Erickson planned to circulate an email tribute about Paterno shortly after the coach’s death in January 2012. Erickson sent a draft of the tribute to trustees, and the next day, officials had decided not to send it out.

Cocco, McHugh and Schuyler will be in State College for a question-and-answer session from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday in Room 201 of the State College Municipal Building, 243 S. Allen St. It is open to the public.