- 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.
Let’s Stay Connected
I send out newsletters with my opinions, some interesting reading, and reminders of how and when to vote in alumni trustee elections. Sign up below, and know your contact information is safe with me. I will never share it.
Together we’re going to make some changes at Penn State.
In Barry’s Opinion…
Providing Enhanced Educational Benefits for Student-Athletes 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 NIL issues are being regulated by various state laws – not the Supreme Court…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
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? (Also see: NCAA Graduation Success Rate Year-to-Year by University) Let’s first…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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”…Keep reading
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…Keep reading
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 notorious actions, perhaps none were as meaningful, and will have longer-lasting impacts, than his bewildering handling of the “Sandusky Payouts”. In 2012, Ira Lubert commandeered the management of the…Keep reading