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State senators propose PSU Board of Trustee changes
By: Marc Stempka
HARRISBURG -- Two Pennsylvania state senators proposed Wednesday changes to how the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees is selected.
State Sen. John Yudichak and State Appropriations Committee Chair Jake Corman proposed the changes to the Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees Reorganization Act.
Under the proposal, there would be 25 members of the PSU BOT, with just 23 of those being voting members.
The plan would allow for eight alumni-elected trustees, five governor-appointed trustees, five agriculture industry-elected trustees, five trustees appointed by a business and industry trustee committee, and the state secretaries of education and agriculture.
The education and agriculture secretaries would be non-voting members.
"The Penn State Board of Trustees, as currently composed, is out of step with the majority of other major public research universities across the country," Yudichak said in a release on Monday. "The legislature has been an important partner to Penn State University throughout history and it is time that we legislatively address the glaring limitations in the current governance structure."
There has been widespread outcry for changes to the board following the boards handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
6 News reporter Gary Sinderson was in Harrisburg for todays press conference on the proposed board changes. He is working to gather reaction from legislatures in Harrisburg and will have more on the plan beginning tonight on 6 News at 5.