All current Board members have great resumes; that did not prevent the scandal that rocked the University.
I would like to utilize the expertise I have developed serving on multiple profit/non-profit Boards to help repair the University’s reputation. Nothing less than basic changes are needed in the university’s board governance and oversight.
Failure of Board Governance - Trustees have an awesome responsibility to assure that Penn State is beyond reproach in its commitment to excellence. I support hiring an Independent Consultant to study Board Governance and review the Bylaws:
- Advocate for reduction of the 32 member Board.
- Governor and Governor’s appointments – 10 Board seats although the State provides less than 6% of the University budget.
- Agricultural Societies, Business and Industry have 12 Board seats.
- Alumni – 9 seats. Alumni are the very heart of the university and support it financially. I support raising the elected alumni trustees to more than 50%.
The Board must improve oversight and accountability so that a scandal like this will not happen again, the Board should adopt current “best practices”:
- Entire Board must be “hands on” in oversight of every aspect of the university, including athletics.
- Board actions must be transparent.
Penn State is no longer the “Farmers High School”, it’s a 21st century University. We need a 21st century Board. For those who bleed blue and white, send children to this University, the Board must rededicate itself to restoring the University’s luster.
I would appreciate your support.