Efforts gain momentum

PS4RS EFFORTS BOLSTERED BY ALUMNI NATIONWIDE; GROUP UNIMPRESSED BY BOARD CHANGES

January 21, 2012 — Efforts of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship are being bolstered daily by calls and emails the group is receiving from former Trustees and members of the university and alumni communities indicating that the Board’s handling of the Sandusky travesty is symptomatic of a cloistered leadership style that has been
allowed to exist for decades. Members of the group are receiving details and examples of decisions the Board has made on everything from healthcare, to retirement living projects, to physical plant, that exemplify the Board’s unilateral lack of due process in leadership decisions.

Further, the group feels that it is reprehensible that the Board traded on Anne Riley’s intensely personal relationships yesterday to put her in front of the media as an example of their solidarity. Her presentation raised the singular question that if these men were held in such regard up until that time, why, in all the minutes they all spent deliberating between November 5th and November 9th, did she not simply meet with them — or encourage the entire board to meet with them — to understand what they knew and and when they knew it, to fulfill an obligation of due process.

Reacting to the news that Trustees elected Karen Peetz as chairman and Keith Masser as vice chairman, the group says, “This is nothing more than musical chairs. It’s the same folks, on the same board, sitting in different seats. We don’t see that as a change in the least bit.”

Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship collected 52 complete applications for the three alumni-elected Trustee seats they hope to fill in the upcoming spring 2012 election. A total of 133 applications were distributed. Following an objective review process, the organization will announce its top five candidates on February 1, 2012.
Then, an on-line voting procedure involving its full membership will determine the final three candidates PS4RS will endorse and announce on February 8, 2012.

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