[quote=“ronb89, post:25, topic:3089”]I’d like to put in a plea for people to think hard about what the role of the BoT is before casting their vote. Getting more alumni involved and voting is good, and can hopefully help balance out some of the other interests who often get their way in selecting the boT members. But the board only meets about 4 times a year. They are responsible for setting the long term goals and fundraising. They are NOT involved in the day-to-day operations of the university, and never will be. In fact, it is usually not permitted in the bylaws of the institution for the board to have a direct role in day-to-day operations (at least it is in the college where I work).
We want people with vision. We want people with energy and enthusiasm for Penn State. We do NOT want micro-managers at the board level.
One alum’s plea.[/quote]
I join with this. The board placed its faith in Spanier, its chief executive, and he had earned that trust right up to the minute he didn’t. Unfortunately, it was a major, major mistake.
Since then, Spanier, Paterno (the university’s most visible leader), Paterno’s two supervisors, the chair and vice chair of the board have all departed. Enough is enough. The “reformers” that I have seen are primarily motivated by vengeance for Paterno.
If there is a candidate who is saying “I agree with the house cleaning and I have some additional ideas for reform”, I’d listen. But the revenge crew I want no part of.
In the 1960s, Coatesville schools, led by the local versions of Surma and Frazier in what was then a thriving steel town, embarked on creating a state of the art high school and desegregating the district (by “forcing” kids to attend their local schools rather than busing the white kids out of urban neighborhoods). The board was on staggered elections. The first half went in the first election, the second half went in the next. Instead of “elitists”, the board was filled with angry racists who turned out not to have much interest in education or kids (beyond the pretty good football and basketball teams - boys only, of course). Soon after the district was hit with the Tsunami of Lukens Steel (fourth largest plate steel maker in the world!) automating and creating more steel than ever with one-fourth the workforce, and then the demise of the US steel industry. It never recovered, but I believe the board that was in place after desegregation was the primary cause.
If higher ed is headed for a massive restructuring, I want the best and brightest in there. Not angry alumni looking to redeem Joe. Time will redeem him on its own.