Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Penn State alumni association leadership exclusionary

The Penn State Alumni Association recently made the following changes to its bylaws:

It added 21 appointed seats to alumni council and gave the president and his proxies the authority to add/delete positions on the council at his sole discretion. None of these positions is voted on by the membership.

The elected members of the alumni council are no longer able to compel a meeting of council, and alumni are not permitted to attend meetings of their association.

The president (either directly or through his proxies) is given complete authority to determine who is permitted on the ballot for election to the general council and who is permitted to run for an officer position on the council; and the ability to terminate any member he feels is not conforming to the party line.

It added the immediate past president to council officers. This addition is made on the heels of the immediate past president being mandated as a member of the board of trustees.

The reason for excluding board members from even being considered candidates for election to the general council was the concern of “undue influence.”

Why in the world would a sitting member of the board be added to the officers of the council?

Before giving even 2 cents to the alumni association, please consider whether you wish to give to an organization that completely excludes you from its governance.

Instead, give to a Penn State student in your hometown to help meet tuition expenses.

Barry Fenchak

State College

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