Terry F. Rakowsky, Ballot Position No. 75

Terry F. Rakowsky ’82 Sci
Dentist, Signature Smiles
Erwinna, Pa.

Read Rakowsky’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?

This isn’t intended to question the intent of The Penn Stater (TPS). However, these questions place the candidates at a serious disadvantage in time and breadth of knowledge required to respond appropriately. Ostensibly the reason for the questions would be to present a comparison among BOT candidates. However, without the knowledge of an “insider” to the workings of the BOT and the University, responses are likely to be interpreted as shallow.

Because of this, my response will be simply as one intent on changing the status quo. I’ll be a deft learner of topics addressed in the TPS questions along with other issues facing Penn State. As a former Penn State student athlete, and through the last 25 years as a dentist, my record of absorbing knowledge and responding effectively to exigencies as they arise stands for itself. Furthermore, any attempt to reply could divert attention from the main reason I’m a candidate.

Pure and simple, I’m angered by the knee jerk reaction of the BOT to the firing of Joe Paterno! This race to judgment by an entrenched BOT, insulated from the very essence of what is Penn State, is why I’ve agreed to be a candidate who is NOT satisfied with the status quo.

It’s not enough for the BOT to stage their current “listening tour” and then pretend transparency and openness has been achieved. Without substantive change in the University’s charter to change the structure and functioning of the BOT, we can only expect more of the same!

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.

[Did not respond.]

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

[Did not respond.]

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