Vincent J. Tedesco, Ballot Position No. 10

TedescoVincent J. Tedesco ’64 Bus

Lockheed Martin Corp.
State College, Pa.

Read Tedesco’s official bio and position statement here (PDF download).

1. What should Penn State be looking for in its next president?

I would want a person who is a proven leader with a record of effective management of a very large and diverse operation. I would seek a person who has strong ties to Penn State and understands the special place the university has in the hearts and minds of the alumni and the citizens of the State of Pennsylvania. To find these qualifications in a person with an academic background would be ideal, but not a hard requirement. Proven leadership and strong Penn State ties are the key requirements at this time in our university’s history.

2. What changes or reforms should the Board of Trustees consider to help the university progress after the events of 2011 and 2012? Please explain why—or, if you don’t think reform is needed, please explain why not.

The changes I would make in the Board of trustees are as follows:

1. All current members of the board that were members on 9 November 2011 should resign. Their actions from that date forward have shown them to be unworthy of protecting the best interests of our great university.

2. The size of the board should be reduced to less than 20 members, all of whom should be elected by the alumni of the university. No university employee should be a voting member of the board.

3. There should be no closed sessions of board meetings.

4. No member of the board should serve more than two three-year terms.

5. The Governor and each house of the State Legislature could appoint one non-voting member to the board.

3. How do you define the role of an alumni trustee, and how would that inform the way you would approach your term on the board?

In the current board configuration, the alumni trustees have several very important roles, which the current board members seem to have lost sight of as they went about their duties. First, they have seemed to forget that they are there to ensure that all members of the board understand that Penn State exists to provide a first rate, yet affordable education to the children of the hard working families in the state. The constantly increasing tuition costs and the spending of millions of dollars for a florid report that then cost the university $60 million, not to speak of more millions for poor public relations advice all point to a loss of understanding of that role. Next, the alumni members have a responsibility to ensure the good name of our university is not allowed to be dragged through the mud without a full and complete understanding of all the facts pertaining to the matter. The current members don’t seem to understand that every action taken by the board should be open to the people of the state and the alumni that support the university. All members of the board are responsible for efficiently managing the university, but alumni members have a special role as outlined above.

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