Joseph C. Korsak, Ballot Position No. 58

Joseph C. Korsak ’71 Lib
Attorney, Labor & Employment, The Law Office of Joseph C. Korsak
York, Pa.

Read Korsak’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?

Solicit corporate sponsorships. Increase rates for out of state students. Freeze on hiring staff and faculty. Use professional lobbyists for working with the legislature. Three year freeze on wages.

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.

Reduce in state tuition by 10%. Increase out of state rates by a corresponding percentage to offset revenue loss. Penn State resident’s tuition shall not increase by more than 5% total in the first two years. Penn state becomes a lender of first choice with loan forgiveness for those entering some form of public service.

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

Penn State has stayed true to its land grant mission and will hopefully continue well into the future.  The problem with any institution is with those individuals in charge of its direction. The current board is showing some of the stagnation that has plagued the athletic department for years. The fact that this question was even posed shows some of the lethargy of the current board.  This is a subject that has been the topic of volumes of work. Yet, somehow, the candidates are expected to conjure up the entire issue in 250 words less.  This was more like a make work project than anything. Not a single question about the candidates’ thoughts about the direction of the Board.  The current BOT is missing multiple opportunities to be a relevant factor in the direction of Penn State.

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