Another Three Questions for the Board of Trustees Candidates
Three years ago, when the Sandusky scandal prompted unprecedented interest in the election for alumni seats on the Board of Trustees, we at the alumni magazine weren’t sure how we’d ever choose among so many candidates.
Our solution: The Three Questions project, in which we asked candidates to answer questions about major issues and challenges that Penn State is facing. By having everyone answer the same questions, we figured, we’d have an easier time comparing their positions and opinions—and choosing for whom to vote.
The number of candidates has shrunk, but the need for information and consistent points of comparison haven’t changed. We’re happy to introduce our third Three Questions for the Candidates project, and we’re even happier that for the first time, we have 100 percent participation. All 31 candidates responded.
Voting starts on Thursday, April 10, and continues through 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 8. We hope you’ll take the time to become informed before you cast your ballot.
We’ve given each candidate a page that includes an official bio and position statement (from the Board of Trustees’ website) and links to social media sites (be aware that you may need to be logged into Facebook or LinkedIn to get the full effect). You can browse the responses either by candidate (you’ll need to scroll down) or by question.
We have presented the responses just as the candidates wrote them—our only stipulation was that they stay under 250 words for each answer. A few people went over, and we did some light editing to make them fit. If we didn’t understand something, we contacted the author to clarify. But otherwise, as has been the case for the past two years, their responses are unvarnished and unedited.
Please let us know what you think, either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.
Lori Shontz, senior editor