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Elections for Penn State’s Board of Trustees are underway, bringing again to the forefront the question of what qualities make for an effective trustee. As ACTA vice president of policy Michael Poliakoff recently told the Centre Daily Times: “What Penn State needs more than anything else at this moment is a board whose every member is highly informed, highly engaged and focused on the board’s duty to represent the best interests of the students and taxpayers of Pennsylvania.”
One candidate, Alice Pope, a Penn State alumna, brings a refreshing perspective by raising issues of transparency that are important to Penn State—and higher education more broadly. In a recent op-ed, she supported ACTA’s call for Penn State’s board size to be reduced, and highlighted the importance of having independent resources for good governance. Reform-minded candidates such as Pope deserve credit for their willingness to stand up and demand more of their alma mater. They represent a growing movement of alumni who wish to put students back at the center of education and recognize the importance of accountability in higher education.
Trustees and alumni would do well to listen to her and address these concerns.
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Chronicle of Higher Education, Lindsay Ellis and Lily Jackson
Wall Street Journal, Tunku Varadarajan
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