|Rep. Scott Conklin
77th Legislative District
Conklin: It's time to move forward with PSU Board of Trustees reforms
STATE COLLEGE, March 15 – State Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre, is urging legislative action on his multi-bill package designed to increase accountability and transparency among the Pennsylvania State University's Board of Trustees.
Conklin said this follows news of the recent recommendations by the board's committee on governance to remove the voting power of the university president and Pennsylvania's governor, a key provision also included in Conklin's legislation.
"This is a step in the right direction," Conklin said. "Discussions are moving forward and that's encouraging news.
"We all need to be working in the best interest of the university and I welcome working in tandem with the board and my fellow lawmakers."
Conklin added his proposed reforms (H.B. 299, H.B. 310, H.B. 311 and H.B. 312) are prompted by recommendations issued by then-state Auditor General Jack Wagner in the wake of the conviction and sentencing of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Proposed reforms include:
Conklin's bills are currently under review by the House Education Committee or the House State Government Committee.
"I hope this news indicates a desire by the board to move forward with these fundamental reforms. In addition, I also hope it results in an act of collaboration between me and the board to advance our proposals," Conklin said. "Legislatively, I will be imploring the respective committee chairman, Reps. Paul Clymer and Daryl Metcalfe, to move these bills forward as expeditiously as possible."
The governance committee's recommendations will now move to the full PSU board for further review.