Letters to the Editor

Change needed on PSU’s board of trustees

The ineptitude and poor performance have gone on too long. Despite recommendations and findings of a consultant solicited by the Penn State board of trustees, our leaders have failed to make the necessary changes that would improve our board’s effectiveness and decision-making that reflect the values, principles and feelings represented by the majority of our alums.

We may be at the point where drastic action is required by us, collectively.

Some of my PSU friends have even gone so far as to say that we should come together as a unified voice and call on one another to curtail all future gifts and contributions to PSU until the appointed “old guard” resigns and we can then restore order and intelligent planning and decision-making to our university. Extreme action it is indeed, but if total annual contributions grew significantly once the requisite changes had been incorporated, our university would probably be much better off in the long run.

I hope we don’t have to take such drastic action to turn our governing board around.

I know for a fact that our elected trustees have been working tirelessly to make things right but are thwarted at every turn by the appointed trustees. And given the importance of the leader of any organization, why would we allow an appointed trustee to preside over our board rather than a member elected by the people (our alums). Isn’t this the American democratic way?

I just don’t get it.

G.W. Zuckerman, Boalsburg

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