James E. Carnicella, Ballot Position No. 85

James E. Carnicella ’73 H&HD
Independent Contractor, JVC Consulting
Ocoee, Fla.

Read Carnicella’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?

Before securing our financial future or wrestling with any future issue the following must occur:  The Governor should recuse himself from the BOT and designate a replacement elected by the alumni, there should be a national, full-scale search for a new President for PSU, then, there should be conducted an “organizational audit” of all Executive and Department Directors and replace any of those that advised/manipulated the other members of the Board of Trustees into abdicating their Fiduciary responsibilties to the PSU community. The Governor, the President and a select few others have used their political and personal agenda’s to guide PSU toward a financial “dysfunctional organization”. The conspiracy to drive our University toward a private institution, fraught full of secrecy and deceptive business practices, must be stopped. The second phase of the organizational audit would be to determine if all departments are being administered in an effective and efficient manner. No other Nominee has the specific experience, as do I, to effectuate and evaluate a comprehensive organizational cleansing which I have excelled at, while at the Executive level of the many public sector organizations I have served. The BOT has proven they will continue to cover-up the above mentioned conspiracy when they appointed a replacement from the President’s office that was responsible for the present dysfunctional structure!

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.

The answers to questions 2 and 3 are intertwined and will only be possible to address if the answer to #1 occurs. PSU must rid itself of the political and personal agenda’s of the Governor, a few members of the BOT, and their elitist connections. Those who believe endowments and contributions should mean personal entitlements, cronyism, and secretive deliberations and deceptive business practices must be eliminated. The taxpayers of PA and the legislature, along with the alumni must decide if our beloved University should continue to be subsidized to assure affordable higher education to our future students as during the past 150 years. The PSU President’s office has been steering the University toward a more private institution ( i.e. an Ivy League). The Governor has orchestrated the above by eliminating appropriations over the past few years and approving outrageous expenditures by the BOT. Tuition pressures could be eased by the increase in appropriations, eliminating departmental inefficiencies, eliminating cronyism and entitlements for the elitists and focusing on the basic premise of providing an affordable education for our future PSU students. Spending millions of dollars to compete globally in the fields of research and other millions for programs that put pressure on the tuition issue need to be reassesed. It would be nice to have the $6 million from severance packages paid to those fired from the football staff and the other several millions paid to victims programs, that may not have any impact except to deflect responsibility!

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

To determine the land-grant mission, or any future direction of PSU we must eliminate the dysfunctional business practices of our “public” University operating in a secretive and deceptive manner. We need new by-laws and standing orders created by this BOT, so that more inclusive, honest, and transparent dialogue can occur. Securing a new President to lead taxpayers, legislature, alumni, faculty and the entire PSU community, will be necessary to assit in developing a plan for the next genration or two. I favor a return to a structure whereby tuition pressures could be reversed and the university specialize in affordable and state of the art quality education. Questions about two law campuses, expansion into medical programs and global competition in the areas of reserach are issues that may help determine if we return to the basic premises of our land-grant mission or we move to a more private less inclusive type institution? Instead of Joe Paterno being the scapegoat, the BOT and all those Executives charged with criminal activity and gaggle of attorney’s needed to be replaced for allowing Penn State’s integrity and reputation to be tarnished. The most recent events and decisions of the BOT are only a small example of how dysfunctional our University has been for probably 15 or more years. I pray for a return to the basic premises of the PSU mission whereby a child from a blue collar family from Patton, PA could get an education that would provide an exemplary career of service to others!

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