Trustee candidate Joanne C. DiRinaldo, an educator and researcher, said this week the board has shown “from my eyes, incremental baby steps. I would like to see more drastic attempts with transparency.”
She suggested potential changes in bylaws that govern rules of confidentiality of dissent on the board, and to open up trustees meeting to public participation.
Unlike other vocal critics on social media, DiRinaldo said she does not favor the entire resignation of the board because she could not judge how they made their decisions behind closed doors. “I will say they arrived at their decision hastily and without due process.”
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The basic answer is that PSAT-Choice began with the goal of correcting the course of our University’s governing structure, starting with the Board of Trustees. It is our plan to remove the veil of secrecy and transform the Board and our Administration into a responsive and transparent organization that truly has the mission and advancement of our University as its core focus.
We are a group of five independent candidates that all have the common goal of reorganizing the structure of the Board of Trustees. We all feel that the issues we face at Penn State go beyond that of merely removing the current members and replacing them. We have a system that needs to be transformed to again serve the best interests of the mission of our University and the State of Pennsylvania. Another focus of our group is to educate the alumni about choices to fill the three open slots, and encourage each voter to look at the biographies and platforms of each candidate and select ones that they are truly comfortable. Who do you feel will best represent the interests of the University going forward? We do not believe that a voter should be bound to a restricted slate of candidates when voting for something as important and personal as how the future of Penn State is directed.
We are independent candidates with common goals within our platforms and visions for the future of Penn State. We have agreed to work together for the purposes of sharing resources, while still running separate campaigns.
Penn State is at a crossroads, not because our research and education are not strong. In fact, it is stronger then ever. What has brought us to this crossroads are the top levels of our administration. We have a leadership void that has created a Board of Trustees and Administration that turned a blind eye to the Sandusky scandal until it was too late. The board members still distances themselves from their responsibilitis and actions. This has led to the deterioration of the health, welfare, reputation and moral integrity of our University.
It is time for a change, from the inside out. We need trustees that can not only transform the Board from an organization that hides behind non-disclosure laws to one that is transparent and responsive to all. The new Board we seek needs to be capable of maintaining its responsibilities and reasonableness as guardians of our University’s campuses and the educational mission of our Land Grant institution. These five candidates represent a strong future for our beloved Penn State University. The Penn State Alumni Trust for Choice (PSAT-Choice) strongly endorses them and encourages you to further examine their backgrounds and platforms. PSAT-Choice began with the goal of righting the course of our University’s governing structure, starting with the Board of Trustees, to remove the veil of secrecy and transform the Board and our Administration into a responsive and transparent organization that truly has the mission and advancement of our University as its core focus.
To this end the Penn State Alumni Trust for Choice (PSAT-Choice) is pleased to announce the following five strong, determined, independent, and dedicated candidates to elect this April: