The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

December 11, 2012

State lawmaker pushes for reforms on the Penn State board of trustees


The Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE — A state lawmaker is proposing legislation aimed at reforming Penn State's Board of Trustees.

The suggested reforms from Rep. Scott Conklin include reducing the size of the board by 10 to 22 members and fully extending the state Right-to-Know law to the university.

Conklin represents Centre County, home of Penn State's main campus. The board has been under scrutiny for more than a year for its handling of the child molestation scandal involving former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Conklin says his proposals are aimed at increasing accountability and transparency. They're based on recommendations issued last month by state Auditor General Jack Wagner.

A school spokesman noted the university is in the midst of implementing internal reforms. He says trustees will review the proposals or reports from Conklin, Wagner and others.