Vote for Edward “Ted” Brown, III (7), Barbara L. Doran (22) and William F. Oldsey (36)
April 4, 2013 —- The recent doubletalk from Penn State leadership surrounding the school’s role in potentially authoring its own NCAA punishment is not only disconcerting, but downright negligent and contradictory to the University’s pledge of transparency, according to members of the grassroots watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. Read More
Penn State Lettermen request that alumni “Retire Incumbent Paul Suhey” in the 2013 Board of Trustees Election.
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In supporting Brown, Doran and Oldsey, grassroots group places premium on crisis management, financial and educational leadership, drastically outshining incumbent qualifications
March 24, 2013 —- More than anything, members of the alumni watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS) want to ensure that the two incumbent trustees up for re-election never see the inside of Old Main again. That’s why the organization, which now boasts 18,000 members – including more than 3,000 new in the last three weeks – created a lengthy and inclusive endorsement process to unseat those incumbents, as well as to fill a third, currently vacant alumni seat. In the name of trustworthy and transparent leadership at Penn State, PS4RS today announced its endorsement of trustee candidates Edward “Ted” Brown, III, Barbara L. Doran and William F. Oldsey, who will all be on election ballot to be issued April 10.
“There is no question that the PS4RS membership is endorsing three of the most dynamic and qualified candidates on the ballot,” said PS4RS founder Michelle Murosky. “These candidates were chosen by our election committee who first selected the Top Six from a field of 29 who completed the rigorous PS4RS application process. Then, PS4RS members, comprised of alumni, students and supporters of Penn State, selected the Top Three candidates during a week-long, online primary election.”
To win the PS4RS 2013 endorsement, the candidates first had make the “Top Six” by the election committee. The election committee asked candidates to indicate the highest priority issues for the Board of Trustees and the University over the next three to six years; amount of time available to dedicate as a board member, level of communication skills necessary to interact with alumni, students and other stakeholders; experience with boardroom organizational dynamics; previous Penn State involvement; and detailed professional and volunteer experience. Following the announcement of the “Top Six,” the passionate, active and knowledgeable membership of PS4RS had the opportunity to vote for up to three candidates in the PS4RS primary election. The candidates who received the most votes received PS4RS endorsement.
The weight of the PS4RS endorsement matters much if alumni are to achieve the change they are demanding, in the wake of the trustees’ much-criticized decisions related to their handling of the Sandusky scandal. “We’re completely astounded and thoroughly disgusted by the lack of leadership among our trustees,” Murosky said. “They were first caught flat-footed in November 2011, which should have been cause enough for their dismissal. Since then, however, they’ve allowed Louis Freeh to unleash a false and damaging narrative, permitted the NCAA to unfairly sanction Penn State, cost the school and surrounding community hundreds of millions of dollars, exhibited a poor showing, at best, at the recent Pennsylvania Senate hearings, and have continually placed the University in harm’s way, with absolutely no form of defense.”
Murosky emphasized that PS4RS will support the candidacies of Brown, Doran and Oldsey through its membership for the duration of the election. Each candidate will receive space on the group’s website to share their platforms, views and thoughts. Further, the three endorsed candidates will be beneficiaries of a member-funded ad campaign to boost their visibility among voting alumni. “PS4RS set out to endorse three candidates who are the very best representatives of Penn State in thought, word and deed. We very much look forward to the leadership that Mr. Brown, Ms. Doran and Mr. Oldsey will provide to the university during this time of crisis.”
The Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship 2013 endorsement was awarded to:
• Ballot Position 07 – Edward “Ted” B. Brown III ’68, Sci, resides in State College, Pa.
o Mr. Brown is President & CEO of KETCHConsulting, a crisis management, disaster recovery and business continuity consulting firm. He is responsible for corporate strategy, business management, interfacing with the media, and being the “face” of KETCH. Brown is President of Penn State’s Parmi Nous AIG and a board member of the Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association. As the only candidate with crisis management experience, if elected, Brown hopes to chair a new committee of the Board of Trustees: the Crisis Management Committee.
• Ballot Position 22 – Barbara Doran, ’75, Lib, resides in New York, NY
o Ms. Doran is a wealth management and portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, with a specialty in equity and hedge fund investing. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she is a former research investment officer of Neuberger Berman, where she co-managed the equity research department and a technology fund. Doran has served on the Board of Advisors for Outward Bound for more than 15 years and has been a volunteer on Penn State’s “For the Future” Campaign. She was endorsed by PS4RS in 2012, and placed fourth in the overall alumni trustee voting in 2012.
• Ballot Position 36 – William F. Oldsey ’76, Lib, resides in Basking Ridge, NJ and State College, Pa.
o Mr. Oldsey is a self-employed strategic advisor in the areas of publishing, educational technology, media and digital learning. He consults with strategic advisory firms, investment banks and media companies leveraging 33 years of management and leadership experience. Oldsey was formerly an Executive Vice President with McGraw-Hill Education and President of Pearson Education International Group. He has been very active in development for Penn State’s College of Liberal Arts. If elected, Oldsey is committed to making his trustee responsibilities “job one.”
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, with more than 18,000 members worldwide, was formed to effect positive change within the Penn State University Board of Trustees. For further information on PS4RS, please visit http://www.PS4RS.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to http://www.facebook.com/PS4RS. Follow PS4RS on Twitter at @PS4RS.
I was privileged and honored to play for Penn State and Coach Joe Paterno. I am especially proud of my degrees from Penn State. Like all of you, I am sure, I am inspired by our student body and all the great things that they do, like THON. Our student-athletes and the work they do with Penn State Uplifting Athletes “Lift For Life”. Together, with our alumni, we are the face of Penn State. That’s who WE ARE!
Unfortunately, in my opinion, the negative press toward Penn State and it’s supposed culture of football reverence is a direct result of the board’s ineffective leadership over the past 16 months and the handling of the incomplete and inaccurate Freeh Report and the inappropriate NCAA sanctions – costing Penn State by most accounts over $150 million dollars and severely tarnishing our reputation.
Though we might never know the truth, the Joe Paterno we know had more character and integrity in his little pinkie than Freeh/Emmert have in their entire bodies. We have one of the highest graduation rates for our athletes and scholars over a 3.0. That’s who WE ARE. That is what mattered most to Joe Paterno.
All of us in this room know that, so how could YOU forget who WE ARE. So I ask this esteemed body, where was the leadership to stand up for us when Penn State needed it most!? But, it’s not too late for you to do the right thing.
Several of you have unimaginable responsibilities with your corporate boards. While I am sympathetic toward your plight, I feel that PSU interests cannot come second to politically correct, corporate interests or other hidden agendas, something I believe has happened over the past 16 months. My fellow alumni view ourselves as the shareholders/owners of the company “Penn State.” In effect your bosses. If this were a public company annual shareholder meeting – ALL but a few, would be voted off the board immediately.
The trouble with not seeking the truth is that it’s costing Penn State dearly on so many fronts. We can’t move forward without finding the truth and fighting for what we know is true. Joe Paterno was always about doing the right thing no matter what the consequences were. He was someone with integrity, compassion and cared deeply about all of us and our University.
I don’t have a problem criticizing Joe Paterno for “going up the middle” all the time, but there was no way that the Joe Paterno we all know would put innocent children in harms way or impede an investigation. Deep down I think you all know it too, but were too caught up in media frenzy surrounding the Presentment to defend our football program, our University and Joe Paterno.
When you decided not to defend our great University and 4 deeply committed employees with over 150 years of dedicated service to PSU, you failed us. I’m sorry, but teammates don’t do that to one another and neither should you. Together, we are in this fight and can fix this thing, but we need bold leadership and we need it now.
Joe Paterno shaped the lives of thousands of young people – players and students. He is one of the great men of our generation and Penn State University, so take a page out of the Paterno playbook – fight for our honor and reputation. We are Penn State PROUD!
We urge you to read the report commissioned by the Paterno’s and use it as a resource to understand what actually happened, to question the incomplete Freeh Report, to fight the inappropriate NCAA sanctions and to demonstrate the strong leadership that we so desperately need to correct these past mistakes. If you do, then you have our full support and appreciation for all you do for this great University.
We know who WE ARE……..do you!?!
March 18, 2013 —- The Election Committee of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship has announced the group’s top six trustee candidates culled from a list of 29 candidates who sought the PS4RS endorsement. The PS4RS “Top Six” are as follows:
• Rudolph K. Glocker, ’91, ‘93g, Lib
• William F. Oldsey, ’76 Lib
• Barbara L. Doran, ’75 Lib
• Robert C. Jubelirer, ’59, ‘62JD, Lib
• Ted. J. Sebastianelli, ’69, Bus
• Edward “Ted” B. Brown III, ’68, Sci
To select the six candidates, the committee established criteria regarding the qualities, experience and motivations PS4RS deemed necessary for an effective alumni trustee, and then formulated a detailed questionnaire to extract that information from the candidates. Participants in the PS4RS process were asked to indicate the highest priority issues for the Board of Trustees and the University over the next three to six years; amount of time available to dedicate as a board member, level of communication skills necessary to interact with students and other stakeholders; experience with boardroom organizational dynamics; previous Penn State involvement; and detailed professional and volunteer experience.
“As the grassroots watchdog alumni organization for Penn State, it is incumbent upon the leadership of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship to bring forth the most passionate and qualified candidates in the field – and those who will have the best chance of unseating the incumbents,” said Committee Chairman Christian Marrone. “We looked for individuals who are more than one-issue candidates; board reform is important, but so is selecting the next president, tuition control, NCAA sanctions, state appropriations, recognizing Joe Paterno and restoring Penn State’s national reputation.”
Marrone added that prior engagement with Penn State is also imperative, with interest in the educational mission of Penn State and involvement outside of sporting events essential.
“We also strongly considered life experience, consensus-building ability, negotiation skills, and a clear record of maturity in all public dealings,” added Marrone. “Above all else, our ultimate objective is to put forth three PS4RS-endorsed candidates who will be the very best representatives of Penn State in thought, word and deed. With our Top Six, we are one step closer to this goal.”
The PS4RS membership will vote in an online primary election to be held March 18 through March 23 to determine the three candidates who will receive the PS4RS endorsement. The three candidates receiving the most votes will receive the PS4RS endorsement, to be announced Monday, March 25.
The PS4RS Election Committee, chaired by Christian Marrone, includes: Elizabeth Morgan, representing PS4RS Leadership; Franco Harris and Trey Bauer, representing Lettermen; Professor Kenneth Miller and Assistant Professor John O’Donnell, representing Academic Leaders; Jared Newman and Diane Yingling, representing PS4RS Members At-Large; and Jonathan Brandonisio, representing students.
To learn more about the Top 6:
Rudolph K. Glocker, ’91, ‘93g, Lib: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Top%206%20Glocker.pdf
William F. Oldsey, ’76 Lib: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Top%206%20Oldsey.pdf
Barbara L. Doran, ’75 Lib: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Top%206%20Doran.pdf
Robert C. Jubelirer, ’59, ‘62JD, Lib: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Top%206%20Jubelirer.pdf
Ted. J. Sebastianelli, ’69, Bus: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Top%206%20Sebastianellli.pdf
Edward “Ted” B. Brown III, ’68, Sci: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Top%206%20Brown.pdf
The criteria the election committee is using to select the candidates is available here: http://www.ps4rs.org/docs/2013%20Alumni%20Candidate%20Criteria.pdf
Voting in the Primary Election will be available later today:http://www.ps4rs.org/candidates.html#2013-alumni-primary election
To learn more about the PS4RS Endorsement Process:http://www.ps4rs.org/candidates.html
To request an election ballot from the Board of Trustees:http://www.ps4rs.org/vote.html#election
March 15, 2013, HERSHEY, PA —- The outrageous, inaccurate, and, at times, outright false comments recently made by Penn State Trustee Kenneth Frazier are, unfortunately, indicative of the attitude exhibited by the Board of Trustees since November 2011. Instead of accepting responsibility for their rush to judgment, the Board allowed Mr. Frazier to make incendiary statements and allegations that will do nothing to further the progress of Penn State.
In addition to offering his own, personal outlandish interpretation of information, Mr. Frazier contradicted himself, misstated the law and thefacts, and grossly exaggerated the quality and completeness of the Freeh Report. Mr. Frazier admitted that Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan promised todeliver a thorough, complete and independent review. However, in reality, they failed to do so in all respects.
“Apparently, Ken Frazier and his Task Force bought the Freeh Report, both figuratively and literally. However, both the former Attorney General of the United States and one of the world’s foremost authorities on serial pedophiles have concluded that the Freeh Report was neither thorough nor complete, and that its conclusions were wholly unsupported by fact,” said Robert Tribeck, attorney for the Legal Task Force of Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship. “I trust the opinions of Governor Thornburgh and Mr. Clemente a bit more than those of Mr. Frazier in matters of this nature,” he quipped. In September 2012, PS4RS issued its own independent review of the Freeh Report. The conclusions of the PS4RS Review were confirmed by the reports of Governor Thornburgh and Mr. Clemente.
“As an attorney who has conducted hundreds of internal investigations of this nature for nearly 20 years, including internal investigations at colleges and universities,” Tribeck continued, “I can state without hesitation that the entire methodology of the Freeh investigation was flawed from the inception; that the conclusions were not supported by facts; that the work product was incomplete; and that the decision of the Task Force to allow Mr. Freeh to conduct a self-aggrandizing press conference was ill-advised and shortsighted. For Mr. Frazier to suggest otherwise is an affront to thehundreds of thousands of Penn State alumni who expect, demand and deserve more from their Board of Trustees.”
Mr. Frazier has repeatedly attempted to shift blame and to create a narrative that the concepts of seeking the truth and protecting children are mutually exclusive. That false narrative must stop. PS4RS is and remains committed to the protection of children and fully supports efforts and actions by Penn State to become a leader in protecting the rights of children. However, as is supported by the continued growth in membership of the organization, PS4RS will not sit idly by while Mr. Frazier and his cohorts continue to proffer fantasy as fact and hide the truth regarding the failures of the Board of Trustees in responding to the events of November 2011.
Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, with more than 18,000 members worldwide, was formed to effect positive change within the Penn State University Board of Trustees. Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship will endorse three candidates for the upcoming 2013 Board of Trustees election. For further information on PS4RS, please visit http://www.PS4RS.org, email email@example.com, or go to http://www.facebook.com/PS4RS. Follow PS4RS on Twitter at @PS4RS.