Key Issues

  • Penn State NEEDS responsible stewardship provided by those who are committed to serving the University as fiduciaries, not those committed to serving themselves.
  • Penn State NEEDS smart stewards who have invested the time and the effort necessary to understand the issues facing the University.
  • Penn State NEEDS talented stewards who have the skills and abilities to develop proposals that address key University challenges.
  • Penn State NEEDS outspoken stewards who have the commitment and the tenacity to challenge an ingrained and dysfunctional status-quo.

Penn State deserves better, and Penn State Alumni DESERVE the opportunity to support someone who will provide those skills and abilities and commitments.


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In Barry’s Opinion…

The Penn State Endowment

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,…

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What can Penn State Athletics do in response to the recent SCOTUS rulings? An opportunity to re-awaken the Grand Experiment

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…

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Penn State Admi$$ion$: The Changing Admissions Landscape in a Post-COVID Era

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…

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Penn State Athletics: Seven Years of Sandy Barbour, Part II – Academics

PSU Athletics: In-classroom success under Sandy Barbour Sandy Barbour has now been at the helm of Penn State Athletics for seven academic years. Her fiscal, managerial, and fund-raising shortcomings – both at Penn State and at her previous position at California – are well documented. But how has Barbour done in leading her organization to, as she likes to phrase it, “Comprehensive Excellence” in the classroom? (For links to…

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Saying good bye to Ira Lubert, and a ponderance.

Long-time PSU Trustee Ira Lubert resigned on December 7th, 2020 – the same day as Pearl Harbor Day, appropriately enough given Ira Lubert’s track record as the implementer of His “Sneak Attack” Sandusky Claimant settlements. In actuality, Lubert didn’t really “resign”, he was “termed out”. Penn State Trustees have a 12 year term limit. Lubert actually sat on the Board for 15 years – but was granted extra time…

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NIL is coming, is Penn State Ready?

The Changing Landscape of NCAA Control: Names Image and Likeness Photo courtesy: @GoPSUsports.com 30 August 2014 “Names, Image, and Likeness”. What it is, and what it isn’t: In recent months, the topic of “Names, Image, and Likeness” (NIL) has been buzzing, some would say ricocheting, through the orbit of collegiate athletics. NIL is NOT “Universities paying student-athletes”. NIL refers to the marketing of a student-athlete’s “Name, Image, and Likeness”…

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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 and PA Congressman John Yudichak – have stated that the size of the Board makes it unwieldy, and lends to Trustees being disengaged. They called for reform to…

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