When I was on State College Borough Council, we had committee after committee that not only oversaw certain areas (police or public works, for example), but turned them into quasi-fiefdoms.
Then we hired a new borough manager, who told us that council interfered too much in the daily operation of the borough and that we would have to step back and let the manager do his job.
We did, and borough operations improved.
I sense that in the past couple of years, Penn State’s trustees have gotten involved in the daily operation of the university and that the results have not always been constructive.
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With a new president in place, the trustees have accomplished their most important task and should now step back and leave the operation of the university to the professionals.
R. Thomas Berner, State College