Sadly, being appointed to the executive committee of the Penn State board of trustees is window dressing. Alumni-elected trustees Anthony Lubrano and Barbara Doran are newly named executive committee members after Lubrano and alumni colleague Alice Pope were passed over for real leadership positions (chairman and vice-chairwoman).
Now, Lubrano and Doran likely will experience what I discovered two decades ago.
As a trustee elected by alumni in 1992, I was appointed to and served on the executive committee for three years and there was not a single meeting.
Further, when a new president was selected, I didn’t know who it was (Graham Spanier) until the entire board was informed.
A power bloc of appointed trustees ruled as the real executive committee when I served as trustee. Note that there are even more appointed and drone trustees today than in the past, further diluting the influence of the nine democratically elected worker trustees who represent more than 250,000 alumni.
Alumni-elected trustees are merely a political inconvenience for the decision-making few. The bloc of appointed and self-anointed financial big-hitters rule and control the Penn State board of trustees.
The writer is a former member of the Penn State board of trustees.