• Petitioned Sens. Jeffrey Piccola & Andrew Dinniman; Reps Paul Clymer & James Roebuck

This petition was delivered to:

Chairmen and Minority Chairs of Pennsylania Legislature Committees on Education
Sens. Jeffrey Piccola & Andrew Dinniman; Reps Paul Clymer & James Roebuck
Pennsylvania State Senate
Pennsylvania State House
State Rep. Paul Clymer
State Rep. James Roebuck
State Sen. Rob Teplitz
State Sen. Andrew Dinniman

Change Penn State Board of Trustees

    1. Josh Tzuker
    2. Petition by

      Josh Tzuker

      Fulton, MD

The Jerry Sandusky Sex abuse scandal has highlighted just how ill served the Pennsylvania State University is by its existing Board of Trustees. There are currently 31 members of the Board, only nine of whom are accountable to anyone other than themselves. The board is composed of people selected by their political allegiences, the worth of their portfolios, the type of businesses they run, and the proximity to the power centers of the Penn State administration- Penn State alumni, students, and Pennsylvania tax payers have little influence over the Board's actions and it is impossible to tell if the Board is subservient to Penn State administration or vice versa.

In his recent town hall meetings, Penn State President Rodney Erikson told outraged alumnae that they had a chance to change the make up of the Board through the ballot. This year three new Board members will be chosen- three out of 31; followed by an additional three next year and the year after. This is no way to create the change necessary to overcome the almost willful incompetence and cloistered thinking that has come to mark Penn State's response to the Sandusky scandal.

The governance of Penn State University is established through legislation passed by the Pennsylvania legislature. It was legislative action that established the University; legislative action that expanded it; and legislative action that brought about it's current governing structure- a structure that has shown itself to be unworkable, opaque, non-representative, and stifiling towards dissent or public inspection.

We are alumni and students of Penn State University as well as voters and taxpayers of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and are asking you to hold hearings in your respective committees on Penn State governance issues and to pass legislation reforming the Penn State Board of Trustees and the management and self-governance of Penn State University. President Erikson has passed this issue off to the Board of Trustees, and in all likelihood (if past is prologue) they will likely stop any effort at meaningful soul searching or reform. It is the legislature that can ultimately help to rectify this situation.  As the ultimate trustees of higher education in Pennsylvania we ask you to take a hard look at this issue and enact the measures necessary to make accountability a reality.


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    Reasons for signing

    • M.J. Watson GREENSBORO, NC
      • over 2 years ago

      I observe that most of the comments are "injured", incensed", etc. that JoPa was fired. He and any other person collaborating in this horrific history regarding continued violation of young boys, should all be fired. Let's have some real action and responsibility, not just time-worn cheerleaders.

      • over 2 years ago

      A statement need to be made to the University and to the world that Penn State represdents class and integrity !

    • Douglas Hunt VANCLEAVE, MS
      • over 2 years ago

      If we need to clean house then lets do it, all the way!

    • Justin Cantrell MADISON, AL
      • over 2 years ago

      It is my firm belief that the BOT did Joe Paterno the largest disservice of his life. Joe was Penn State. The BOT forever smeared his name, his record, and the public's opinion of Penn State University. This is a significant disservice to PSU, Joe Paterno, and even college football. Something needs to be done ASAP.

    • Kathleen Lane GAITHERSBURG, MD
      • over 2 years ago

      I agree with all the above statements and would like to add that a BOT that caves to the media and acts rashly under pressure is incapable of making good decisions about anything. We all know that one's true colors are displayed when the heat is on. The BOT acted pathetically, they panicked, they cowered, they did the WRONG THING. There is no room for this group of easily influenced people to be in decision making positions. They were so easily swayed and took no steps to act properly, instead they used Joe Paterno as their scapegoat and do not even have the courage in retrospect to apologize for their wrongdoing. Additionally it is embarrassing how they fired Joe - I have Michigan alum saying how classless they acted. They MUST GO NOW!!!!

      We all know they do not have the courage to resign so my thanks to Josh for putting this petition out here


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