Board of Trustees Election 2012

PLEASE NOTE: This is the “Three Questions” site from the 2012 Board of Trustees election. For the 2014 site, please go to It will be live on or before April 3, 2014.

With 86 candidates for the three open alumni seats on the Board of Trustees and such high interest in this year’s election, we think it’s important to give alumni a way to learn how the candidates stand on some of the important issues Penn State faces. So we asked three questions of each of the candidates:

1. In view of sharply declining state appropriations, what steps should Penn State be taking to secure its financial future?

2. The rising cost of tuition nationally is making college less affordable for many students. Outline the steps you believe Penn State should take to address the issue.

3. What form should Penn State’s land-grant mission take in the 21st century?

Seventy-one of the candidates responded to our request. You can find their answers to the questions—along with additional biographical information and links to the candidates’ official position statements—by clicking on the candidates’ names below. (They are listed in ballot order.) You can also browse responses by question by clicking on each of the questions above.

Voting starts Tuesday, April 10, and runs through 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time Thursday, May 3.  Alumni Association members and anyone who has donated to the Penn State Fund within the past two years should receive an email with voting credentials. To request a voting link, contact the Board of Trustees Office at and provide your full name (at time of graduation), year of graduation, college/major, current mailing address, and current email address.

1. Matthew J. Lisk

2. Ryan J. McCombie

3. Jes James Sellers

4. Thomas J. Sharbaugh

5. John C. Foster

6. Richard Dirk Matson

7. Craig W. Micklow

8. Patricia Marrero

9. Edward A. Paskey II

10. David E. Robbins

11. Martin R. Davis

12. Stephen M. Hladik

13. Timothy Michael Freeman

14. Amy L. Williams

15. Joseph H. Clapper III

16. Jonathan L. Wesner

17. Victor S. Provenzano

18. Marta Pepe Forney

19. Dona M. (Davis) Horst

20. J. Michael Murphy

21. Darlene A. Marley

22. Anne Riley

23. Karen Levine Weaver

24. Joseph C. Atkinson

25. Joshua D. Fulmer

26. Jayne E. Miller

27. Sam Y. Zamrik

28. Joanne C. DiRinaldo

29. Jefrey F. Wall

30. Stella M. Tsai

31. Scott K. Munroe

32. Ronald C. Wagner Jr.

33. Barry M. Simpson

34. Robert J. Bowsher

35. O. Richard Bundy III

36. Vincent J. Tedesco Jr.

37. John W. Diercks

38. Edward (Ted) B. Brown III

39. James R. Antoniono

40. David L. Roush

41. David A. Dell

42. Russell T. Larson

43. Jonathan Mills

44. Gregory S. “Sandy” Sanderson45. Rudolph K. Glocker

46. Richard L. Marshall

47. Lisa W. Witzig

48. Paul J. Malaspina

49. Henry B. Swoope V

50. Scott O. Fozard

51. Michael J. Carroll

52. Barbara L. Doran

53. Thomas J. Day Jr.

54. Ben Novak

55. George T. Henning Jr.

56. Jeffrey A. Krisciunas

57. Seth T. Walizer

58. Joseph C. Korsak

59. Anthony P. Lubrano

60. Marlene “Myke” Atwater Triebold

61. Samuel M. Loewner

62. Ryan M. Bagwell

63. John J. Mika

64. Chris C. Lindsley

65. Edward H. Ridings III

66. Thomas E. Kapelewski

67. Richard J. Puleo

68. William F. Oldsey

69. Pratima Gatehouse

70. Kyle B. Heffner

71. Thomas R. Davis

72. Matthew J. Sliwa

73. James P. Brandau

74. Shawn D. Manderson

75. Terry F. Rakowsky

76. Jack F. Beiter

77. Adam J. Taliaferro

78. Mark S. Connolly

79. Neal W. Biege Sr.

80. Casey A. Coyle

81. Andrew Tellep

82. Gregory M. Kerwin

83. Gregory H. Wolf

84. John P. Rodgers

85. James E. Carnicella

86. Darlene R. Baker

11 Comments Add your own

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  • 4. Scott Kimler  |  April 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    More homework for alumni. It is difficult to evaluate all candidates based on essay questions (especially 86, with less than a day till ballots open). Use the “Super Table” as a jumping off point (interactive, sortable table of all 86 candidates. Sort on a variety of metics. Learn more about the candidates – quickly – to make an informed voting choice).

  • 5. Mick  |  April 10, 2012 at 9:15 am

    It is a shame but these 3 will not have much effect on the BOT. What needs to be done is have the current board members gone…now. On the latest donation request from Penn State, I put no more donations until the BOT was gone. I got a letter back saying they would pass my sentinments along and remove me from the mailing list. Economic boycott is the only real effective way to affect change.

  • 6. PSU-ReBOT  |  April 10, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Mick – You may want to have a closer look at the work that PSU-ReBOT is doing. It is our mission to reform the Penn State Board of Trustees.

  • 7. Steve '69 in VA  |  April 10, 2012 at 12:37 pm

    I have one question to ask them … will you voice your opinion when you disagree with a proposed “unanimous” vote? I still can’t believe every member of the BOT wanted to fire JoePA but that they were “bullied” into doing so! Will our new members follow suit? Reform to the Penn State Board of Trustees can’t happen fast enough for me.

  • 8. Mark E. Bowers (EMS '84)  |  April 10, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Here are some questions for them: 1) How would you create more openness and transparency between the BoT and Penn State students and alumni? 2) Do you consider it fair that Penn State alumni only get to have three (3) seats on the BoT? 3) Would you consider removing all of the existing members of the BoT and elect all new members to the BoT?

    Go to:

  • 9. Chuck (EE'67)  |  April 18, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    The list of 85 looks like the attendance list at a narcissist convention. There are more lawyers in here than at a New Jersey car wreck. We need people on this board who are confident in their knowledge and don’t cower to people of higher powers. We don’t need another bunch of people who get their facts from Faux news.

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    […] and continues through May 8. If you’d like to see what we’ve done in the past, click here for the 2012 responses and here for the 2013 […]

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