Board of Trustee Candidate Applications Rise as Grassroots Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Grows Rapidly
Representatives to Attend Tonight’s New York City PSU Town Hall Meeting to Communicate Mission, Process and Short Timeline to Replace Three Trustees
January 13, 2012 —- Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, the organization recently formed to affect positive change at the University Board of Trustees level, demanding transparent, trustworthy and moral leadership in the upcoming elections, has grown by more than 40 percent in just one week. This according to PS4RS founder
Michelle Murosky, a mechanical engineer and 2003 Penn State graduate. “The heightened activity on our Facebook page and the inundation of email I’ve received is undeniable evidence that Penn State alumni all over the country share our frustration and sadness in the way recent events were handled by the University Board
of Trustees,” said Murosky.
“Penn State alumni everywhere are standing up to be considered as possible nominees for three available board seats,” explained Murosky. She said her organization will accept applications until midnight on January 20, and will then move into an evaluation phase, with the help of a nominating committee. She confirmed that PS4RS has
received more than 25 completed applications from major donors, prestigious alumni, corporate executives and professionals in many different fields.
Three of the University’s Board of Trustees are up for re-election in April/May 2012. David Jones, retired New York Times Assistant Managing Editor, has said that he will not seek to retain his seat. Neither will Dr. David Joyner, who recently stepped down to assume responsibilities as the University’s interim Athletic Director. Anne Riley, a teacher from Centre County, and former president of the Penn State Alumni Association, holds the third seat and has not yet decided on her re-election plans.
“At this moment we, the alumni, have the power to vote out the alumni-elected members of the Board of Trustees,” explained Murosky, “and to vote in those with honorable leadership qualities who may restore the glory of Penn State.” Murosky emphasized that alumni wishing to participate in the Board of Trustees voting process have only until January 15 to request their ballots. They must go to http://psutrustees.org/ to register for a ballot.
PS4RS will announce its top five candidate applicants to its membership on January 15. Members will be able to review those applications and letters of reference at that time, and will use an online voting tool to cast their votes in determining the top three candidates PS4RS will take to the nomination slate.
On February 8, PS4RS will announce via press release the three candidates it will support in the 2012 Board of Trustees election. Murosky requests that Penn State alumni wait to complete their nominating ballots in order to consider the PS4RS candidates among their voting options.
In an effort to continue to grow its membership, representatives from PS4RS will be on hand in New York City (New York Marriott Downtown, 85 West Street), on January 13 for the town hall-style meeting to be conducted by Penn State President Rodney Erickson. It will be free and held from 7pm to 8:30pm, but requires advance registration
through the Alumni Association website.
For further information on how to obtain a ballot for the upcoming Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees election, or to learn more about Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, please visit PS4RS.ORG, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or search “WE intend to vote out the Penn State Board of Trustees” on Facebook.