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Does Barry Fenchak ever have anything positive to say? That’s a great question. Allow me to answer. December 17, 2021
Governance Failure in Action: The James Franklin Contract Process. Was this contract actually approved? December 12, 2021
Meet Penn State’s Next President. Neeli Bendapudi has been selected as the University’s 19th leader. December 9, 2021
What are the Ratings Services Saying about Penn State? Under Eric Barron, and the Board of Trustees, Penn State has experienced a dramatic drop in rankings. December 3, 2021
Penn State Board of Trustees meetings: November 2021 – November 21, 2021
Penn State Athletics: Seven Years of Sandy Barbour, Part II – Academics. PSU Athletics: In-classroom success under Sandy Barbour. August 17, 2021
What can Penn State Athletics do in response to the recent SCOTUS rulings? An opportunity to re-awaken the Grand Experiment. July 16, 2021
The SCOTUS vs the NCAA: What the ruling really means. June 21, 2021
Penn State Admi$$ion$: The Changing Admissions Landscape in a Post-COVID Era. June 16, 2021
Where Does Tuition Money Go? June 9, 2021
Penn State Athletics: Seven Years of Sandy Barbour, Part I – On-Field Results: Penn State Athletics: On-Field Success under AD Sandy Barbour. May 18, 2021
Was this contract actually approved? Penn State football head coach James Franklin’s new contract has been the source of much discussion since it was announced on November 23rd. Many have already written about and discussed that topic, and Mike Poorman did a thorough job breaking down the many issues in his excellent article James Franklin’s 100 Games and Penn State Contract: I Crunched the Numbers so You Don’t Have to.…Keep reading
Neeli Bendapudi has been selected as the University’s 19th leader December 9, 2021 It was announced today that Neeli Bendapudi, PhD, who is the current president of the University of Louisville, has been selected as Penn State University’s next president. She will be replacing Dr Eric Barron, who has been in the position since 2014. Dr Bendapudi has served as Louisville’s president since 2018 – which was her first…Keep reading
There was not much in the way of Governance conducted at the November Board of Trustees meetings, but I will just highlight a couple of items, within a brief chronological summary of the non-governance goings-on that might be of interest. HIGHLIGHTS: A potential highlight was Sandy Barbour’s presence for the Compensation Committee meeting. Barbour is not normally present, so this might indicate an athletics-related contract discussion was taking place,…Keep reading
Under Eric Barron, and the Penn State Board of Trustees, Penn State has taken the largest drop in the nation. Is it time for a change? Since 2014 Penn State University has taken the largest drop in rankings of any Top 100 university in the country.Let’s take a look at what they concluded, and then discuss why it has taken place (and on whose watch). The most widely-cited and…Keep reading
What good things could Penn State do with an extra $1.2 Billion? Over the last few years, the fees paid out to Penn State’s Investment Advisers have increased from approximately $11 Million per year, to nearly $75 Million per year. It is not unusual, in fact it is quite common, for large investment accounts to contract with Investment Advisors to oversee the management of those investments. In doing so,…Keep reading
There has been an abundance of confusion regarding the recent ruling by the Supreme Court in the case against the NCAA. This ruling has often been conflated with the “Names Image and Likeness” (NIL) legislation that now allows student-athletes to profit from the use of their notoriety as athletes. But what the Supreme Court (SCOTUS) case dealt with is something different. What the SCOTUS ruling did was eliminate existing…Keep reading
Last year, Penn State University President Eric Barron announced that standardized test scores (aka, the SAT Test) would not be required in admissions applications. The rationale behind that change was reasonable: due to COVID restrictions, the SAT Board drastically scaled back the opportunities for high school students to take the SAT, and many students might not have had the opportunity to provide standardized test scores for the 2020 admissions…Keep reading
I was born in Ebensburg, Pennsylvania but came to State College at 17 years of age, and have lived in the Park Forest neighborhood ever since. I am a two-time Penn State graduate and the son, husband, brother, brother-in-law, and father of Penn State alumni. My wife and I have raised our family in Happy Valley. You can’t get much more Penn State than me.
After completing my Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering at Penn State/Main Campus in 1984, I worked in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry as a Process/Production Engineer and Production Manager. At the same time I enrolled in the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Smeal College of Business.
After completing my MBA degree in 1991, I opened an Investment Management and Financial Advisory practice in State College. I am a licensed Registered Investment Advisor and Securities Principal, and work with individuals, families, and businesses to develop, implement, and manage investment and financial strategies to secure their financial well-being.
From 1996-2016 I served as an Adjunct Professor at Penn State, teaching undergraduate courses in personal and corporate finance (FIN 108 and 301), as well as accounting principles (ACCT 211).
Penn State University is a complex and dynamic institution, operating in a challenging environment. My priorities are congruent with taking on the greatest challenges facing our University.
Dedication to furthering the University’s core missions:
Among Penn State’s greatest current challenges and shortcomings are: