Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Candidates Finish in 2nd, 4th and 5th Positions
May 4, 2012 — With the announcement of today’s Trustee election results, officials of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship are confident that the watchdog group’s quest for transparent and trustworthy leadership will be carried into the boardroom. “We endorsed Anthony Lubrano because of his passion and commitment to restoring honor to Penn State,” said PS4RS founder Michelle Murosky. “And, Ryan McCombie actually emerged as one of our top six finalists during our primary process,” explained Musosky. “So the results today demonstrate that our process worked. It is gratifying to know these leaders will represent our concerns.”
“What’s most important is that we’ve all come together — to form the largest alumni watchdog organization — with the purest hearts in the name of positive change that’s now happening at the Penn State board level,” added Murosky. “We will continue to pressure the board for an acknowledgement of their lack of leadership when they were first briefed, accountability for their poor decisions in November, and an apology in the way they handled Joe Paterno’s dismissal.”
In five short months, Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship set a high standard of advocacy and activism, and the group’s work has only just begun. “As an organization 5,000 strong, we’ve demonstrated commitment, discipline and judgment,” said Murosky. “Through this process, we’ve recognized the real need for a watchdog organization with regard to the governance of Penn State, and we’ve embraced that role for the long haul.”
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship were the only ones with the foresight to predict such a high turnout of trustee candidates this year, and sought to find a way to make the voting decision swift and simple by vetting more than 100 hopefuls to ultimately endorse three — Mark Connolly, Barbara Doran and Anthony Lubrano.
“We wholeheartedly stand by our endorsements of Mark Connolly and Barbara Doran and strongly encourage the board to call upon their expertise and leadership in ways that can help move the University forward,” urged Murosky.
PS4RS will soon be accepting candidate applications for the 2013 elections, with a stated goal of replacing all nine alumni-elected trustee seats within three years. “There will be more trustee candidate endorsements in years to come, and continued oversight of the board’s handling of the scandal which is far from over,” said Murosky. “We will continue to grow as an organization and fully intend to become a true resource to the board.”