PS4RS announces top 3 endorsed candidates

Members of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Formally Endorse Three Alumni Trustee Candidates
In supporting Connolly, Doran and Lubrano, “our work has only just begun,” says founder.

February 8, 2012 —- Those who expected the work of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship to be over after formally endorsing three candidates for the upcoming Trustee election, have another thing coming. The grassroots alumni group this morning announced its backing of Mark Connolly, Barbara Doran and Anthony P. Lubrano, who, each with the assistance of 50 signatures, will take their place on the ever-growing nomination ballot to be issued in April by the Penn State Board of Trustees.

“There is no question that the PS4RS membership is endorsing three of the most dynamic and qualified candidates who will be on the ballot this spring,” said PS4RS founder Michelle Murosky. “However, it’s critical for alumni everywhere to recognize the true value in our endorsement,” she continued. “These three candidates were chosen by our membership from a field of more than 100 alumni who initially expressed interest; 51 who completed the rigorous PS4RS application process; and then were further vetted through a passionate, active and knowledgeable membership of nearly 5,000 alumni and friends of Penn State.”

While PS4RS is a mere three months old, the weight of the organization’s endorsement matters much if alumni are to achieve the change they are demanding, in the wake of the Trustees’ much-criticized decisions related to the University’s handling of the Sandusky scandal. “The sheer number of candidates who are coming forth this year, combined with a higher-than average projected voter turnout has the potential to create an environment ripe for vote splitting,”

Murosky explained. “With such a dire need to set the course for transparent leadership, our membership is striving to help alumni make educated, informed decisions so we don’t end up with more of the same on our Board of Trustees for the coming years.”

The Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship endorsement was awarded to:

• Mark Connolly, PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (1984), resides in West Chester, Pa.
o Mr. Connolly joined DuPont in 1984 as a research chemist, and has dedicated his 28-year career to moving up the ranks of DuPont, currently serving in the role of Global IP Director. He is responsible for intellectual property protection, patent analysis, and trade secret risk management for DuPont Central R&D and Industrial Biosciences.
o “I’m thrilled and honored that the PS4RS community has selected me as a representative for the upcoming Penn State BoT election. There were so many excellent candidates; this makes my selection all the more meaningful. I will work tirelessly for PS4RS and the entire alumni community to drive the positive change in the organization and operation of the BoT that we all desire. For the Glory!” — Mark Connolly

Barbara Doran, BA in Liberal Arts (1975), resides in New York, NY
o Ms. Doran is a private wealth manager at Morgan Stanley, with a specialty in equity and hedge fund investing. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she is a former Research Investment Officer of Neuberger Berman, where she co-managed the equity research department and a technology fund.
“I am very pleased to have received the endorsement of the Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, as I share their goals and those of many alumni to make constructive changes in the leadership and governance of the university. The board needs members who are independent and fair-minded, who have strong beliefs in the importance of transparency and accountability, and who are unafraid to stand up to each other, to the board and university leadership, and to the public. With the support of PS4RS and many like-minded alumni, I hope to have a chance to contribute to making those changes soon.” — Barbara Doran

• Anthony P. Lubrano, BS in Accounting, (1982), resides in Glenmoore, Pa.
o Mr. Lubrano is Founder and President of A.P. Lubrano & Company, Inc. Specializing in group retirement services, wealth management and group health & welfare consulting, the 23-year-old firm serves thousands of clients and handles more than $400 million in assets. Mr. Lubrano’s lead gift to Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics led to the construction of Medlar Field at Lubrano Park, a 5,400-seat baseball stadium that opened in 2006.
o “I’m humbled by the outpouring of support for my candidacy. To receive the endorsement of PS4RS is quite an honor and I hope I can live up to the expectations of Penn State alumni around the country who view my candidacy as their opportunity to have a voice in governance of our great school.” – Anthony P. Lubrano

Murosky emphasized that PS4RS will continue to support the candidacies of Connolly, Doran and Lubrano through its membership for the duration of the election. Each candidate will receive space on the group’s website to share their platforms, views and thoughts on transparent leadership. Further, PS4RS hopes to stage “meet and greet” events in heavily populated alumni pockets to provide additional access to its three endorsed candidates.

“PS4RS is all about promoting transparency. There has never been a more critical time in our University’s history when our alumni have needed to know and trust the individuals for which they will vote. The membership of PS4RS pledges to bring our endorsed candidates to the alumni to help them make the best decision for change.”

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 holds the third seat.

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