JoePa firing puts target on trustees
February 18. 2013 1:40PM
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship said it hopes to endorse people to run in the spring election for three seats on the board that are reserved for alumni. The group has a website and about 2,000 members on a Facebook page devoted to replacing the board.
Group spokeswoman Maribeth Roman Schmidt says members believe the board mishandled the November firing of Paterno and the ouster of president Graham Spanier after the Nov. 5 arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sex-abuse charges.
‚??It just bubbled up as a result of alumni who wanted to feel they were making a positive contribution toward moving the university forward, and a group of people who shared a common observation that it seemed like there was a rush to judgment,‚?Ě said Schmidt, who graduated from the university in 1988.
Alumni trustee David Jones said Friday he will not run for a sixth three-year term, while alumni trustee Anne Riley said she had not decided whether to run for re-election. The other alumni seat that will open this year was held most recently by Dr. David Joyner, who stepped down to serve as the school‚??s acting athletic director.
Nine of the 32 active trustees are selected by alumni.