Vincent J. Tedesco Jr., Ballot Position No. 36

Vincent J. Tedesco Jr. ’64 Bus
Retired U.S. Army Colonel
State College, Pa.

Read Tedesco’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 should take the following steps:

a. Increase lobbing actives in Harrisburg.

b. Make much greater use of the tens of thousands Penn State Alumni and supports to put pressure on all elected state officials so support funding for Penn State.

c. Get a commitment from the Governor, State House and Senate to support an annual 5 year funding plan.

All of the above must be done. The first step, however, must be for the Board to Trustees to begin to regain it’s honor by admitting it handled the firing of Coach Paterno very badly and promise to conduct it business in an open manner.

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.

Penn State must totally review the elements that make up its budget and change priorities to ensure that affordable tuition are one of its top priorities. Of course the first step must be to get the Trustees to begin to regain it’s honor by admitting it handled the firing of Coach Paterno very badly and promise to conduct it business in an open manner.

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

Penn State must do what is required to support its land-grant mission. Penn State must understand the requirements of a land-grant university in this new century and begin to adjust to these expectations.  The first step, however, must be for the Board to Trustees to begin to regain it’s honor by admitting it handled the firing of Coach Paterno very badly and promise to conduct it business in an open manner. Next, the charter of the Board of Trustees must be changed to give the alumni the majority of seats on the board. The 19th century structure of the board can no longer be allowed to control the university.

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