State Sen. John Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon/Monroe) on Wednesday announced legislation that would significantly alter the board governance structure at Penn State University.
"The Penn State University Board of Trustees Reorganization Act will enact the necessary board governance reforms to create a Board of Trustees that is more engaged, efficient, inclusive, accountable and ultimately, more effective stewards of the mission of Penn State University," Yudichak said.
Yudichak's Pennsylvania State University Board of Trustees Reorganization Act would reduce the board of trustees from the current 30 voting members to 23 voting members.
Under Yudichak's proposal, the Board of Trustees 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 Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and Secretary of Agriculture would serve as non-voting members of the Board of Trustees.
"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 added. "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."
The bill would also prohibit the governor, lieutenant governor and all state row officers from serving on the Board of Trustees.