How Engaged are Penn State Trustees?

As many are aware, Penn State has a 38-member Board of Trustees. Penn State's Board is approximately three times the size of the average board of Big Ten Universities. Why?Many governance experts - including former PA Auditor General Eugene DePasquale…

Ira Lubert’s Black Box: The Sandusky Claimant Settlements

As Ira Lubert leaves the Penn State Board (because, after 15 years on the Board, he exceeded the Board's 12 year term limit) lets look back at Lubert's tenure as a Penn State Trustee. Among all of Lubert's notable and…

PSU Athletics: On-Field Success under Sandy Barbour

  Penn State President Eric Barron leads applause as he invites Sandy Barbour to join him at the table. Barbour was named athletic director for Penn State, and took over the position on August 18, 2014.Photo Credit: Annemarie Mountz Sandy…

Candidates for Penn State Board of Trustee Elections, Part 2: Town Hall Play by Play, April 2021

What follows is a "Play by Play" Recap of the PSU Alumni -Elected Trustees Candidates Town Hall. Think of it as the opportunity to watch a football game - but edited down to eliminate the commercials and time outs. The…

Candidates for Penn State Board of Trustee Elections: Town Hall Discussion, April 2021

A "Town Hall" panel was held on April 8th, 2021, featuring the six candidates on the ballot for Penn State University Board of Trustee Alumni Elections. The Town Hall, held via ZOOM session, was put together by PS4RS - and…

Penn State Athletics: Bewildering Rationales – and even more Bewildering Costs – of Football Building Renovations

Among the items on the agenda for the Penn State Board of Trustees meetings of 2/18/21 was the approval of expenditures for renovations to the Lasch Building. The Lasch Building is Penn State Athletics' football building - housing locker rooms,…

Platform for Responsible Governance at Penn State

There are many issues and challenges facing Penn State - and higher education throughout the Country.These are the greatest challenges facing Penn State today - and our Board of Trustees needs to act now - and needs to act decisively…

The Curious Case of Sandy Barbour: Penn State Athletics’ Response to Impending Revenue Shortfall

With the impact of COVID-19 on Intercollegiate Athletics, the Penn State Board of Trustees approved adjustments to the Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics' operating budget. These projections, known as pro-formas, are compiled for very important reasons. Any business, including Penn State…

What should our Trustees be doing to combat the Scoundrels – Right Now.

At their July 2020 meetings, the leadership of the PSU Board of Trustees is moving forward with plans that will lead to the elimination of  the last vestige of Board accountability - eliminating the right of Penn State Alumni to…