Three More Questions for Board of Trustees Candidates

April 4, 2013 at 12:48 pm 1 comment

DSC_6256 med viewYou know, it wasn’t all that long ago that hardly anyone paid attention to the annual election for three alumni seats on the Board of Trustees. These days, however, most of the alumni I speak with know a lot about the election. And they want to know more.

That’s why, for the second consecutive year, we’ve put together what we call our “Three Questions” project.

We think it’s important for candidates to be on the record talking about the major issues and challenges that Penn State will be facing, and we think it’s important for alumni voters to understand the differences among the candidates. Although the number of candidates declined to 39 this year from 86 last year, it’s still hard to choose from so many. We hope this project will help alumni be informed voters in the election, which starts Wednesday, April 10, and ends at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 2.

We think of this as a voter’s guide, a place where alumni can get the information they need. 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).

And, of course, the answers to our three questions. 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 I wrote last year, their responses are unvarnished and unedited.

We’re thrilled that 36 of the 39 candidates, or 92 percent, took the time to respond. And we hope you’ll find this resource useful. Let us know what you think, either in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

Lori Shontz, senior editor

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