Edward A. Paskey II, Ballot Position No. 9

Edward A. Paskey II ’94 Lib, ’97 JD Law
Partner, Kagen, MacDonald & France, P.C.
York, Pa.

Read Paskey’s official bio and position statement here (PDF download).

Answers to Questions

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

Penn State has, by far, the largest dues paying alumni association in the United States. The key to securing its financial future lies with alumni. I don’t say that solely in terms of relying on donations, building endowments, and encouraging estate planned gifting. Through our alumni, greater relatonships with private industry should be encouraged to provide partnership to help explore ways to increase revenue for the university. Our strength in this area is clearly in our numbers.

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

First, I think we should consider what some other universities have: a moritornium on tuition increases for a period of time. While certain to cause pain in other parts of the budget, continued increase in tuition will discourage potential applicants. Penn State may have to start looking at themselves more as a business to see, at least in the short term, what fiscally conservative decisions can be made to reduce expenses. Finally, greater investment in techonology as it relates to classrooms and methods of teaching may pay great dividends in the future that will help contain tuition costs. Like all of us, Penn State is simply going to have to be creative to do more with less without deminishing the quality and value of the education it provides.

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

I think we have to view the Morrill Land-Grant Act of 1862 the way we view the constitution: as a living and breathing document that changes with the times. Our mission should be no differnt than it was in 1862; the way that we achieve is should evolve. We’ve become a society that relies heavily on the internet and social media.  Improving and expanding our World Campus program will mesh well with our mission. Beyond that, co-operative extension programs could now be expanded using social media to dissemminate knowledge to communities Penn State has always had a presence, and beyond. If Steve Jobs changed the way technology simplied and enhance our lives, Penn State can enrich our communities, educate our citizens and improve our national competitiveness using technology. Call it Penn State’s wireless-grant mission!

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