Penn State Board of Trustees Reform
HERSHEY- A state
lawmaker from Luzerne County says while Penn State Universityís Board of
Trustees has adopted a series of reforms, the board hasnít gone far enough and
the state legislature needs to step in and make the necessary changes.
speaker is Senator John Yudichak of Luzerne County, sponsor of legislation that
would reform Penn State Universityís Board of Trustees.
yearís Senate budget hearing for Penn State University, Senator Yudichak said
he was disappointed that the Board of Trustees did not ask for a meeting or
respond to his proposed legislation to reform the board. That has since changed. Senator Yudichak met this week with the
chairman of the Board of Trustees and the chairman of the boardís Governance
Committee. He describes it as a cordial
and productive meeting but still believes that permanent reforms to the board
must be approved by the state legislature and the governor.
Bill 1240 would reduce the number of board members from 30 to 23 and change the
way trustees are selected. The Penn
State board has hired a lawyer to consult on topics such as the size of the
board and the selection process, but Senator Yudichak says real reform measures
can only take place and be permanent if the state legislature and governor
the legislation has 34 co-sponsors, the Republican chairman of the Senate State
Government Committee has not brought up the bill for a committee vote because
he wants to see what kind of reforms Penn Stateís trustees make on their
own. Senator Yudichak says that isnít
good enough because future trustees can reverse any changes made by the current
May, the board voted to adopt a series of reforms, such as taking away the
presidentís and governorís voting powers. Senator Yudichak says, however, a future governor may want his or her
right to vote restored and so a future board of trustees can reverse any
changes made by the current board.
Yudichak says heís determined to see his bill come up for a vote in the Senate.