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State Senators Want Restructuring of Penn State Board of Trustees Delayed

by on November 13, 2014 2:35 PM

State Senators Jake Corman and John Yudichak have asked the Penn State Board of Trustees to delay a controversial vote at its meeting on Friday.

The board of trustees and state legislatures have both been working on separate proposals to dramatically change the structure of the board. Yudichak, a Penn State graduate, has drafted a bill in the senate that would reduce the board from 30 to 23 voting members. His bill passed with unanimous support through the senate's state government committee in June.

In September, a board of trustees subcommittee passed a proposal that would increase the board to 38 members while removing several governor-appointed trustees. The full board is scheduled to vote on that proposal on Friday, but Yudichak, Corman and several trustees want a delay.

"We are all interested in moving our university forward and ensuring that a balanced governing approach is approved," Corman and Yudichak wrote to board of trustees chairman Keith Masser on Thursday. "However, in midst of a transition in gubernatorial administrations this is not the time for board action on significant governance reform."

The letter states that there is no time limit for deciding on a new board of trustees structure. Corman and Yudichak write that members of governor-elect Tom Wolf's administration and the state legislature should be involved in more conversation before any final vote on the issue.

Trustee Anthony Lubrano says that several trustees also want the vote delayed. Passing the board subcommittee proposal may be "tempting litigation" by forcing lawmakers to intervene in the decision-making process, Lubrano says.

“A group of trustees are also asking that the scheduled vote on governance changes be delayed until the new governor has time to review them,” Trustee Barbara Doran wrote in an email. “The current proposal cuts the governor-elect's [Tom Wolf] votes on the board by one-third and we would be foolish to do so without his input.”

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for StateCollege.com who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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