Eighty-Six Alumni to Run for Three Penn State Board Seats
UPDATED @ 5:50 p.m. Feb. 29: An updated report and a complete list of board candidates' ballot positions are available on this page. Earlier coverage is posted below.
UPDATED @ 1:28 p.m. Feb. 29: Eighty-six Penn State alumni have qualified to run for three university board seats this year -- and confirmed that they wish to do so, a university spokesman said Wednesday.
Last year, when three other alumni-controlled Penn State board seats were available, six people ran.
A drawing will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel to establish ballot positions in the 2012 race. About two dozen board candidates -- or their representatives -- are expected to be present and participate directly in the drawing, Penn State spokesman Geoff Rushton said.
For those candidates who are not present and do not have representatives at the drawing, he said, university staff members will pull numbers and set their ballot spots.
Earlier coverage is posted below. StateCollege.com will have additional coverage later Wednesday.
Alumni running to fill three seats on the Penn State Board of Trustees this year will learn their ballot positions Wednesday.
At 1:30 p.m. at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel, each alumni candidate -- or his or her representative -- may participate in a drawing to establish ballot positioning, university spokesman Geoff Rushton said.
The event also will mark the first full, public accounting of all the approved alumni candidates for the board this year.
It's expected to be the most competitive, populated board race in years. Would-be candidates had until Saturday to file official petitions to run.
To be eligible for a ballot position, each contender needed to submit to Penn State at least 50 alumni signatures.
The 32-voting-member board is the university's highest governing body. It includes a contingent of nine alumni-elected members; they serve three-year terms. (Other board members are appointed -- some by the Pennsylvania governor, some by agricultural societies and others by business and industry representatives. Several, including the university president, serve as ex-officio members.)
This year, the alumni-controlled seats filled by David R. Jones, Anne Riley and David Joyner are in play. Of those three, only Riley, of the State College area, has said she will seek reelection. Joyner, of the Harrisburg area, has left the board to serve as the Penn State athletic director on an interim basis; Jones, of Montclair, N.J., has said he will not run again.
Once the candidates' ballot positions are formalized, online voting will be open to alumni from April 10 through 9 a.m. May 3, Rushton said. Winners will be announced at the board meeting on May 4; they will take their seats July 1.
Fallout from the university crisis that began in early November -- with the filing of criminal charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and former administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz -- has helped fuel interest in the board this year. Public discussion surrounding the race has focused in large part on the sitting board's decision to dismiss Joe Paterno as football coach.
In the last race for alumni-controlled board seats -- in 2011 -- six confirmed candidates vied for three available seats. The field of contenders this year is expected to be many times larger.