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Only Three Candidates Running For Three Alumni Seats on Penn State Board of Trustees

by and on March 03, 2015 12:55 PM

Get ready for yet another PS4RS sweep in the race for seats on the Penn State Board of Trustees.

Only three candidates — all of whom are endorsed by Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship — are running for three alumni seats in the 2015 board election.

It’s a significant departure from the elections since November 2011, which recorded record numbers of candidates (86 in 2012).

At a governance meeting this year, a motion passed that raised the number of signatures required to run for a seat on the board from 50 to 250, perhaps making the road tougher for some potential candidates to qualify.

“Penn State alumni have never been as unified and focused on correcting the errors of the past and helping the University achieve its goals for the future,” said PS4RS spokesperson Maribeth Roman Schmidt in a statement. “Over the last three years, the PS4RS-endorsed candidates have consistently been the voice of both the vocal and non-vocal majority of Penn State alumni who categorically reject the insulting ‘conclusions’ drawn by Freeh.”

PS4RS has been highly critical of the Freeh Report which was compiled by former FBI Director Louis Freeh in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. The report implicated top university officials, including former football coach Joe Paterno, in a cover-up and served as the basis of harsh sanctions imposed by the NCAA.

Newcomer Robert Tribeck joins incumbents Anthony Lubrano and Ryan McCombie as the soon-to-be-winners of the 2015 election.

A webpage with trustee platforms are available here. Lubrano and McCombie have made their Penn State ideologies quite apparent in their three years on the board. For what it’s worth, Tribeck promises to bridge the divide between the board and its constituents in his platform, in addition to restoring the image of Penn State.

Ballots will be made available to alumni on April 10, and voting runs until 9 a.m. on May 7. The results will be announced at the trustees’ meeting on May 8.


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Gilbert is the Managing Editor of Onward State.
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