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Pa. bill would cut size of PSU board

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Two Pennsylvania senators have announced legislation to cut the size of Penn State's board of trustees from 30 voting members to 23.

State Sens. John Yudichak and Jake Corman said their proposal would also prohibit the governor, lieutenant governor and all state row officers from serving on the board of trustees.

The board would be composed of eight elected alumni, five governor appointees, five elected members from the agriculture industry, and five members from business and industry appointed by a trustee committee comprised of the chairperson and one member from each category.

The state secretaries of Education and Agriculture would be non-voting members.

The senators said their reforms would create a board of trustees that is more engaged, efficient, inclusive, accountable and ultimately, more effective stewards of the mission of Penn State University.

"The size and composition of the Penn State Board of Trustees, as it is currently structured, is out of step with the majority of public research universities across the country and is significantly larger than other boards of governance in the Big Ten," Yudichak said in a statement.

"Penn State alumni can only begin to re-establish their trust in the governance structure at our university with significant reform, and my legislation will certainly begin to right the wrongs of the current structure and put Penn State University back on the path to success and prosperity," he said.


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