More than 35,000 Penn State graduates had voted in the race for three trustees seats as of early Wednesday. Voting closes at 9 a.m. today. Penn State spokesman David La Torre said ballots will be tabulated after voting closes. The university hired KPMG, an international auditing company, to oversee that process. Results will be announced during the trustees meeting, which starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Nittany Lion Inn. Each year, three of the board’s nine alumni seats are up for election. An unprecedented 86 candidates are running in this year’s race. The meeting will be streamed live at www.centredaily.com.
Published: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:47 PM
The key to success in this election, said Scott Munroe, will be to show alumni you are not a one-issue candidate. “We’re going to have to push beyond just re-organizing the board and investigating Sandusky,” Munroe said. “We pretty much all agree on that.” That means rebuilding the connection between the state and the university. Joanne DiRinaldo, who already sits on the board of Penn State’s New Kensington campus, wants to improve communication for the branch campuses. Some of these candidates have aligned themselves with groups like Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship or Penn State Alumni Trust Choice, (Scott Munroe, Scott Fozard, Sam Y Zamrik, Joanne DiRinaldo, and Myke Atwater Triebold). Others are running on their own. Wednesday’s drawing was a chance for many of these people to meet for the first time. The mood was collegial, though Anne Riley, the only incumbent alumni trustee running for re-election, did not attend. At least fifteen candidates are attorneys, and seven work in finance. Eight candidates live in the State College area. Thirty-four live outside Pennsylvania.
PSAT-Choice has learned that Mike Ceres has had a change of plans and will not be running for the board of trustees during this election cycle.
Published: Monday, February 27, 2012, 6:33 PM Updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2012, 8:42 AM
The Penn State Alumni Trust-Choice, a self-formed group comprising six candidates vying for the three alumni trustee seats up for election this spring, also are advocating a reorganization of the board’s structure.
They want to see the board transform itself to be transparent and responsive to all. The candidates comprising this group are accountant Scott Fozard, Penn State professor emeritus Sam Zamrik, pharmaceutical and biotech industry executive Joanne DiRinaldo, real estate consultant Myke Triebold, and landscape architect Scott Munroe.
Additionally, a group called PSU Alumni for Reorganization of the Board of Trustees is researching other land-grant universities‘ structure to identify reforms that it would like to see be implemented at Penn State. Members of Penn State’s Faculty Senate also have expressed an interest in exploring university governance reforms as well.