Board of Trustees

PSU trustees to tackle diverse agenda for upcoming meeting

Board size, athletics money, building projects, the Freeh report and future directions will be on the table as the Penn State board of trustees gets down to business this week.

Highlights of the two days of discussion and action are set to be a lot of next steps in ongoing ventures.

On Thursday, the committee for finance, business and capital planning will include an update on the Intercollegiate Athletics financial picture. At a meeting earlier this year, the committee discussed the scrapping of extensive plans to expand and renovate the McCoy Natatorium facilities, a move that was credited to the liquidity of the department’s assets.

The committee asked at that time that then-athletic director David Joyner prepare a prioritized list of athletic facility projects to present for review.

That meeting also will include the approval of articles of incorporation for a new undertaking between the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and PinnacleHealth.

Announced in June, “collaborative and innovative enterprise will bring together a high-performing university medical center and a community health system” to increase access “to a wider range of services and full spectrum of care to patients over a broader geographic base,” according to a statement from Pinnacle.

“Working together we will continue to improve the health of our communities and find new opportunities to deliver more comprehensive, high quality, cost effective and accessible healthcare services to the greater region,” said Michael Young, president and CEO of PinnacleHealth. “Through our complementary strengths, Penn State Hershey and PinnacleHealth will be well-positioned to meet the growing and diverse health care needs of the people of central Pennsylvania.”

University spokeswoman Lisa Powers said the governance and long-range planning committee meeting Thursday will include one of the most hotly followed issues for the trustees — the size and structure of the board.

“This conversation has been ongoing for two years and has generated interest beyond the university,” she said.

A joint meeting of the committees of audit and risk and legal and compliance will include an “Annual Report and Update on Phase II: The Plan for Continuous Improvement.”

“Phase I of the plan responded to 118 of the Freeh recommendations and put in place a large number of new policies and procedures addressing compliance, integrity, standards of conduct, governance changes and sound business practices. The administration plans to move ahead with more training, education and changes that will help us continue to improve in all areas,” Powers said.

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