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PS4RS Endorses Three Candidates for Penn State Board of Trustees

by on March 17, 2014 1:50 PM

Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS) has endorsed three candidates for Penn State Board of Trustees

The group says it will formally endorse alumni trustee candidates Robert Jubelirer, Albert Lord and Alice Pope.

There are 32 candidates seeking three vacant seats on the board. Voting begins April 10. Winners will be announced May 9.

A goal of PS4RS is to remove board members "who were responsible for the mishandling of the university's role in and response to the Jerry Sandusky saga," according to the group's mission statement.

PS4RS narrowed the pool down to six candidates for potential endorsement then allowed its nearly 20,000 members to select the best three. Rudy Glocker, Gavin Keirans and VJ Tedesco were part of the considered group.

"If we've learned anything over the last few years, it's that there are far too many alumni with courage, initiative and very impressive talents who should be replacing more than just three 'old guard' trustees each year in an effort to most effectively improve Penn State's governance," PS4RS spokesperson Maribeth Roman Schmidt said in a prepared statement.

Pope has three degrees from Penn State. She is an associate professor of psychology at St. John's University in Brooklyn, New York.

"I am honored to receive PS4RS's endorsement and look forward to working with them and their slate to continue the reform of our board made necessary by the events of 2011," Pope said in a statement. "Over the last two years I have been deeply engaged in the reform movement and have worked closely with Board of Trustees members, legislators and alumni toward creating a more responsive and transparent board."

Jubelirer is a partner and chair of government relations practice with the Obermayer Rebbman Mixwell and Hippel law firm.

Lord is the former chairman and CEO of Sallie Mae, a student loan financial service company in Washington, D.C.

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