Deadline Approaching for Alumni Seat Nominees for Board of Trustees
Jay Paterno will not be on the ballot for the upcoming Board of Trustees election. Qualification guidelines prevented him from being a candidate.
But his former player and well-known success story, Adam Taliaferro, will be one of the scores of names expected to be on the ballot after Saturday’s deadline for alumni to apply for the three vacant alumni Board seats.
“All requests received as of Feb. 10 have been processed and we are working through the remaining requests,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers wrote in an email. “All requests received up until the time of the ballot closing will be processed.”
No estimate for the number of candidates was given at this time, but the names of all candidates will be publicly announced at the March 16 Board of Trustees meeting, Powers wrote.
Alumni who receive at least 50 nominating votes and accept nomination have their names placed on the election ballot, distributed by April 10.
Those who secure the required number of nominated votes are then contacted and asked to review the qualifications for membership, verify they meet the qualifications and are asked to submit a photo, a 250-word biographical sketch and a 250-word position statement by Feb. 29, Powers wrote.
Paterno, the son of the late former football coach Joe Paterno, wrote on his blog, HD Journal, Feb. 17 that the director of the Board of Trustees Office contacted him informing him that he had acquired the minimum number of 50 nominating votes.
But university bylaws state that a person is not eligible for consideration for a three-year period after leaving the university.
Jay Paterno, also a columnist for StateCollege.com, expressed gratitude for the gesture from fellow alumni who thought he’d serve Penn State well.
“I would like to thank all the people who nominated me to serve Penn State, our students and alumni,” Paterno wrote. “Serving on Penn State’s Board is a most solemn responsibility. That many of you felt I would be worthy to play such a prominent role in Penn State’s future governance is an honor.”
Taliaferro, the Penn State football player who overcame spinal cord injuries that many feared would paralyze him, announced his intentions to seek election on the Board back in January.
He is one of the most prominent names expected to be on the ballot, as well as big-time donor Anthony Lubrano, whose name is attached to the baseball stadium adjacent to Beaver Stadium.
Last year, only six candidates were on the ballot.
This year? A record-shattering number is expected because of the Board’s actions in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, including the decision to fire Joe Paterno by telephone after 61 years of service to the university.
That decision and more throughout the most tumultuous time in university history had many questioning the Board’s make-up and structure, demanding change.
According to Penn State’s website, the size and composition of the Board of Trustees has not changed since 1951.
Powers wrote that the names of the candidates will also be posted on a “Meet the Candidates” link via the Board of Trustees web page (along with the names of the candidates for election by delegates of agricultural societies).
The page should launch by March 10.