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Our View | Is a consultant really needed for Penn State governance reform?

Penn State is considering hiring an outside consultant to help it shape future reforms to its governance system.

Given Freeh report recommendations, trustees debates, a report from the Auditor General’s Office, pending state legislation and an enormous volume of feedback from the public, is hiring another outside firm for this issue necessary? No.

The 2012 Freeh report set the reform process in motion.

Last fall’s recommendations from then-Auditor General Jack Wagner explored every nuance of possible governance reform at Pennsylvania’s state-related schools, including Penn State.

The Wagner report was the basis for state Rep. Scott Conklin’s bill concerning, in part, the size and scope of the board of trustees. Conklin hosted a forum on the topic earlier this year in State College, and has another in the works.

Reforms have been debated and dissected in public forums and trustees meetings for months. What more can be learned?

Penn State has spent, at last count, nearly $50 million on the Sandusky fallout, in addition to a $60 million NCAA fine over five years and another $60 million or so in payouts to Sandusky’s victims.

Penn State’s leaders have enough information at their disposal to make a sound, educated decision about governance reform without adding unnecessarily to the total bill.

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