I’m an alumus, have two children at the university and donate my time and money.
I’m invested functionally and emotionally with the university, and it is with this backdrop that I raise some concerns.
I find it a conflict of interest to see current trustees openly endorsing and campaigning for a slate of candidates — candidates campaigning almost solely on vengeance and revenge.
I want wrongs to coach Joe Paterno and his family righted, but then what?
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Does honoring Paterno help us find deans, better exploit our leadership position with World Campus, address exploding capital expenditures or declining state contributions?
A real honor to Paterno would be making Penn State an even greater university.
We don’t need trustees who form a monolithic voting bloc. We need trustees who are active participants in a rapidly changing world. We need independent thinking, perspective from inside and outside of Pennsylvania, public and private experience.
The endorsed candidates look like the board we have, not the board we need. Trustees should worry about Dear Old State, not “Sweet Caroline.”
I urge alumni to look past the endorsed candidates, be independent, vet their own top three and look for diverse, credentialed candidates who have a vision for World Campus, managing expenses and expanding Penn State’s reach nationally and globally.
And I ask the media to do the same. There are candidates who clearly fit this profile and they’re not getting the ink.
Ron Wagner, Glenside