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State Senators to Introduce Legislation to Reform Board of Trustees

by and on November 19, 2013 7:05 AM

Proposed legislation that would require additional reforms for the Penn State Board of Trustees will be announced later this week.

State Sen. John Yudichak, a Democrat representing Luzerne, Carbon, and Monroe counties, and Senate Appropriations Committee Chair Jake Corman, a Republican representing Centre, Huntington, Juniata, and Mifflin counties, will host a news conference at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the Capitol Media Center in Harrisburg. Both senators are Penn State graduates.

Sen. Yudichak will propose legislation that would make significant changes to the structure of the board of trustees. It is expected that one of those structural changes will be a significant reduction in the board's size.

“The Penn State Board of Trustees, as currently composed, is out of step with the majority of other major public research universities across the country,” Yudichak says in a news release. “The legislature has been an important partner to Penn State University throughout history, and it is time that we legislatively address the glaring limitations in the current governance structure.”

Some state politicians have become increasingly critical of Penn State’s governance structure. The board of trustees has been targeted by lawsuits from Gov. Tom Corbett and Sen. Corman. Former Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner called for BOT reform in a 124-page report.

Several trustees have also publicly criticized the current structure of the board and addressed the need for reform. Trustees Anthony Lubrano and Jim Broadhurst testified in front of a Pennsylvania Senate committee on government about the subject in March.

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This post was originally published by the staff at Onward State. Follow Onward State on Twitter @OnwardState.


Jessica Tully recently graduated from Penn State with degrees in journalism and political science. She is a frequent contributor to StateCollege.com and has also reported for USA TODAY, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Onward State and The Daily Collegian.
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