Kyle B. Heffner, Ballot Position No. 70

Kyle B. Heffner ’08 Agr
Personal Banker, Wells Fargo & Company
Pottsville, Pa.

Read Heffner’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?

In lieu of a sharp decline in state funds, Penn State should be first and foremost, be making an effort to operate within its means. Operating within the budget and keeping costs low is a hard task, but developing a plan now to maintain expenses well under the budget would prevent a shortfall with future state budgets. To do this, wasteful spending needs to cease immediately and greater attention needs to be paid to each individual line item.

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.

Maximizing efforts in the gift giving department and encouraging alumni to continue and enhance their generous giving will help defray the costs and allow many more individuals to experience Penn State and graduate with a degree from one of the top universities in the country. Again, operating within the budget will also enable other funds to be allocated towards making Penn State more affordable for students. And not just operating within the budget, but operating effectively and ensuring only the wasteful spending is cut, is a major step that Penn State needs to take.

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

Moving forward in the 21st century, we absolutely must never forget any Penn State traditions, its values, or how Penn State established its routes. Penn State was indeed established as a land grand college and as this century progresses we need to take steps to enrich this heritage in our school. A concerted effort needs to be made to ensure that agriculture as well as other fields are successful as well as continuing to keep Penn State a top agriculture university. This is only echoed by the fact that Pennsylvania is a top agricultural state within the country.

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