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Penn State Board of Trustees Set to Meet in Hershey Thursday and Friday

by on March 06, 2014 6:30 AM

Budget planning and ethics will be two key topics when The Penn State Board of Trustees meets in Hershey on Thursday and Friday.

The board will hold committee meetings Thursday at The Hershey Lodge and a full board meeting on Friday at the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

Penn State's athletics integrity officer, Julie Del Giorno, is set to speak to the Legal and Compliance Committee on Thursday.

Del Giorno is the first to hold the newly created position. She is responsible for the development, implementation and oversight of policies and practices within the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics that ensure compliance and ethical conduct.

The university created Del Giorno's position to fulfill the requirements of the Athletics Integrity Agreement with the NCAA and the Big Ten in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Del Giorno oversees compliance related to integrity, civility, ethics and institutional control.

Previously, she served as chief of staff at Moravian College and Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem.

The Outreach, Development and Community Relations Committee is expected to review Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's 2014-2015 budget proposal and funding for higher education and Penn State.

As part of the 2014-2015 budget process, Penn State President Rod Erickson testified before the state House Appropriations Committee Tuesday during which he asked lawmakers to increase funding for higher education.

"I understand that you will be allocating funds this year for many cost drivers – often out of your control – that will eat up most of your spending authority," Erickson said. "Yet, you also will be making investments in the future. Let this be the first year that renews the trend of investing in higher education, so that, 20 years from now, we will be able to step back and see the positive impacts of that commitment to the future of the Commonwealth."

The board will also consider approving a lease renewal with PSRP Developers at 101 Innovation Boulevard, the Lubert Building, for $112,800 annually until 2015 with the option to renew annually until March 2020. Trustee Ira Lubert, who joined the board in 2007, has a beneficial ownership of more than 10 percent of PSRP. The company owns the property the university is leasing. In September, the board ratified five existing leases with PSRP.

The College of Engineering uses the building for its Center for Nanotechnology Education and Utilization program.

At the full board meeting on Friday, Harold Paz, CEO of Hershey Medical Center, will provide an update on the hospital.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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