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PSU-ReBOT Endorses Three Candidates for Penn State Board of Trustees

by on March 25, 2014 6:00 AM

The group Penn Staters Reforming the Board of Trustees has endorsed three candidates for the upcoming election.

There are 31 candidates seeking three seats on the board. PSU-ReBOT, a group with 3,000 members, has endorsed Ryan Bagwell, Robert Hooper and Robert Jubelirer.

"This talented and diverse group of people have worked exceptionally hard since the Sandusky scandal to change the culture of the Board of Trustees," says Scott Kimler, a ReBoT spokesperson. "They are three candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to do what needs to be done."

Re-BOT formed in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, is now a convicted pedophile. The group's mission is to reform and reorganize the board. The group also says its working with state lawmakers to mandate changes to the board, including its size, structure, and procedures.

Ryan Bagwell is a 2002 Penn State graduate and currently employed as a software developer in Madison, Wis. He serves on the board of the Madison chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association and is the founder of the Penn State Sunshine Fund, an initiative that seeks broader application of the state's open records and open meetings laws.

"I'm very happy that ReBOT recognized my efforts to bring new information to light about the Sandusky scandal. One of the most hurtful decisions of the entire scandal was the university's choice to stay silent. It allowed the national media to portray the entire Penn State community as a bunch of selfish, football-crazed monsters," Bagwell said in an email. "A little bit of honesty from Penn State in the beginning could have prevented that false narrative from becoming widely believed."

Robert Jubelirer, class of 1959 and 1962, served in the Pennsylvania senate from 1975 to 2006 and holds the record for longest tenure of the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. He also previously served as lieutenant governor. Jubelirer is an author of the current version "Sunshine Law" in Pennsylvania, which opened up state and local government meetings to the public.

Robert Hooper is a 1979 graduate of Penn State and retired after serving 30 years with the State of Vermont as a child protective social worker and a probation officer. During his time with the state of Vermont, Hooper served for 10 years as president and board chair for the largest single employer labor organization in the state. He also spent a total of 22 years as an executive officer on the board. He is also a registered lobbyist at the state and federal level.

Jubelirer and Hooper could not be reached for comment.

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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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