We are a group of Penn State students and alumni empowered and motivated to address the damage to the Pennsylvania State University created by the alleged misconduct of Jerry Sandusky. We contend damage to the Penn State community from these events resulted from systemic problems with the Board of Trustees. To help rectify the problems, we ask you to support two resolutions that are coming to a vote by the PSU Faculty Senate on January 24, 2012.
The Board of Trustees did not anticipate the danger the Sandusky situation posed to Penn State, effectively deal with the media in addressing the issue, nor adequately inform the Penn State community and the Public. We believe this failure is symptomatic of the basic structure and functioning of the board.
Power on the board is skewed toward only a few members, largely because of the way various members are selected to serve. Board policy forbids open dissent and compels confidentiality. Other policies inhibit synergy and shared governance among trustees, administration, faculty and alumni.
Although the board is the controlling authority, the Faculty are the foundation of the Penn State experience and therefore should be heard. The Faculty create the educational environment and globally recognized tradition of research excellence that make Penn State the Nation’s leading producer of Fulbright Scholars. The Faculty understand the critical functional issues and challenges of the University.
There are two motions before the Faculty Senate, which will be voted on at their January 24 meeting:
1) A vote of no confidence in the present trustees
2) The need for statutory changes in the structure and functioning of the board.
Ratification of these resolutions from the University Faculty Senate will send a powerful message to stakeholders that a better functioning board is needed to respond in emergency situations.
This petition will be attached to a letter to the faculty senate urging ratification of the motions.
Please sign our petition, and join our Facebook group to participate in, and keep abreast of further developments.