Penn State Trustees Scorecard: 15 Attorneys, 4 Football Players, 1 Navy SEAL
Four former football players, led by Adam Taliaferro, head the list of 86 candidates for the Penn State Board of Trustees.
But the roster of Penn State alumni vying for three spots on the 32-member board contains candidates who have experience far beyond the gridiron.
From a former Navy SEAL to an ex-FBI agent, here’s a quick look at some of the players -- and their numbers on the ballot -- who comprise the roster of candidates.
Online voting will be open to alumni from April 10 through May 3. Winners will be announced at the May 4 Board of Trustees meeting, with the three new members assuming their duties July 1.
Let’s take a look at some of the well-known candidates, beginning with Taliaferro. His miraculous recovery from a spinal cord injury suffered while playing for the Nittany Lions is one of the most heart-warming stories in Penn State history, football or otherwise.
Taliaferro, a 2005 graduate who is now a lawyer -- and my, is that a popular occupation among the candidates -- is listed as No. 77 on the ballot.
In addition to Taliaferro, two other football players running for a seat on the board are Tim Freeman (a 1990 grad) and Rudy Glocker (’93), who sit at Nos. 13 and 45, respectively.
The fourth former football player on the ballot is Terry Rakowsky, who also played baseball at Penn State before graduating in 1982. Now a dentist, he is No. 75 on the roster.
Another ex-baseball player, Anthony Lubrano, is on the ballot.
Lubrano donated $2.5 million as the lead benefactor to help build the baseball park that bears his name. Lubrano Park -- and Medlar Field, named after Lubrano’s Penn State coach, the late Chuck Medlar -- sits directly across the street from Beaver Stadium.
Lubrano, a 1982 graduate who is No. 59, also is one of three candidates endorsed by the grass roots alumni group, Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. He is joined by Mark Connolly (1984) and Barbara Doran (’75), who are No. 78 and No. 52 on the ballot, respectively.
The trio has been outspoken critics of the way Penn State’s current trustees responded to the child abuse sex scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
One current trustee, State College native Anne Riley (No. 22), and two former trustees, Ben Novak (No. 54) and George T. Henning Jr. (No. 55), are on the ballot.
Riley’s father, Ridge, was the creator and author of The Penn State Football Letter for 38 years and he penned the “Road to Number One: A Personal Chronicle of Penn State Football.”
She is a former president of the Penn State Alumni Association and has served on the Board of Trustees for 14 years. Barry Simpson, No. 33, also is a former president of the alumni association. Riley earned degrees in 1964 and ’75 from Penn State. Henning (1963), Novak (’65) and Simpson (’69) all are from the decade of the 1960s.
A bit more about that retired Navy SEAL, as well as that former FBI agent:
Ryan McCombie, a 1970 Penn State grad who lives in State College, is the retired commanding officer of SEAL Team Two, perhaps the nation's most elite group of special warriors. He spent most of his Navy career in special operations and is highly decorated, with more than two dozen significant medals and awards, including the Bronze Star. He is the No. 2 candidate on the Board of Trustees’ ballot.
Darlene Marley (’80), who checks in at No. 21, is a retired special agent for the FBI who now lives in New Jersey.
Jayne Miller, a ’76 Penn State graduate formerly from State College, is an award-winning investigative reporter at WBAL-TV in Baltimore. Her expertise could come in handy, given all the investigations going on around here. She is No. 26 on the roster.
Another name that might sound familiar is that of O. Richard Bundy III. He is a ’96 grad living in Vermont. He’s No. 35 and is the son of Richard Bundy, director of the Marching Blue Band at Penn State.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Here is your overall scorecard:
- There are 71 men and 15 women on the list of candidates.
- There are more lawyers (15) than educators (12), but none of the barristers has the last name of Amendola or Freeh.
- There are 24 candidates from the decade of the 1970s, 23 from the ’80s, 14 from the 2000s, 13 from the ’90s, nine from the ‘60s, two from the 2010s and one from the ’50s (Jack Beiter, a 1952 grad who sits at No. 76 on the ballot).
- And here are two familiar names you won’t see on the ballot: Dave Joyner, who left the board in November to become Penn State’s acting athletic director (PSU employees are ineligible to serve on the board) and incumbent Dave Jones, a retired New York Times editor who opted to not run for re-election.