Among the alumni seeking a seat on the board of trustees, there is only one clear choice.
Alice Pope has the skills, experience and passion necessary to serve Penn State at this critical time.
As a university professor, Pope understands the challenges facing higher education, among which is the need to preserve the university’s academic mission in light of the increasing financial pressures faced by the institution and the students.
Her unique perspective would allow her to give voice to the concerns of faculty and students, who face an ever-changing academic landscape, with new models of education delivery that were nonexistent when current trustees were college students.
Pope has 26 years of experience as a leader in higher education — as an educator and as a scientist.
She would bring her expertise in the classroom and her critical-thinking skills to her service as a trustee. Pope is best described as a tireless force of nature. In the past two years, she has held or attended countless meetings with sitting trustees, government officials and other alumni, not for self-aggrandizing reasons, but in an honest quest for a better Penn State.
Her tireless efforts have produced important changes but, clearly, she is not finished with the task that she has set for herself.
Skills, experience, passion for Penn State — Alice Pope has earned our vote.
Deborah Casamassa Beidel, Orlando, Fla.