Overhaul for Penn State board of trustees proposed |

Overhaul for Penn State board of trustees proposed

A state senator unveiled legislation Wednesday that would overhaul the governing structure of Penn State University.

State Sen. John T. Yudichak, a Democrat who represents portions of Luzerne, Carbon and Monroe counties said his bill would realign the Penn State board of trustees to make it similar to boards of other state-related institutions.

He called the present structure “insulated” and “opaque.”

Under his proposal, the board of trustees would consist of 14 commonwealth trustees, six appointed by the governor, four appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate and four by the Speaker of the House; 10 at-large trustees appointed by a trustee selection committee and 12 alumni elected trustees.

“Any trustee reform effort must pivot on openness, accountability and respect for the nearly 160 year partnership between the Commonwealth and Penn State University,” Yudichak said.

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