John W. Diercks PowerPoint Presentation with Audio

Below is a link to a PowerPoint presentation by John Diercks (#6 on the ballot).  It supports his campaign for the Penn State Board of Trustees.  The presentation has audio.  Using this link you can download the presentation.

On the post prior to this one, you can scroll through the presentation but can’t listen to the audio.

Position Statement on Reforming BoT Structure

I agree with most recommendations for reforming the Board of Trustees (BoT) proposed by past Auditor General (AG) Jack Wagner. The BoT definitely needs to be restructured and the President of the University and Governor eliminated from voting positions on the Board. I also agree with reducing the size of the Board and term limits. Our local State representative, Scott Conklin, has introduced legislation that would restructure the Board based on AG Wagner’s report. Similar legislation has been introduced in the Pennsylvania Senate. However, I don’t support the legislation as currently written because alumni-elected positions are reduced to six, which results in the same proportion of alumni-elected positions as on the current failed board.  We need a higher proportion of democratically-elected alumni on the board. We don’t need the current proportion of Governor-appointed and society-elected members on a restructured board.  With State appropriations being reduced each year as a proportion of the University budget, the proportion of Governor-appointed members should definitely be reduced. That proportion didn’t work in the past, and it won’t work in the future. We need to do away with cronyism on the BoT.  So until the elected alumni get a larger voice on the Board, I won’t support the current House or Senate legislation as written.

Response to Articles / Editorial in the 03/10/2013 Centre Daily Times.

Stephanie Deviney, Paul Suhey, Paul Silvis, and Keith Masser still don’t get it. The Sandusky scandal thrust the BoT into the headlines, and it has failed in handling every situation since. They fired a legendary coach without due process, commissioned the Freeh investigation without sufficient guidelines, hired ineffective publicity firms, and didn’t even review the Freeh Report before its public release, which resulted in unjust sanctions by the NCAA against the University and the football program. Sure they have a few minor accomplishments thrust upon them in reaction to the outcry from alumni and reaction to recommendations in the Freeh report, but the Board’s actions since the Sandusky scandal reached the media have resulted in tremendous monetary expense (probably over $100 million) and severely damaged the public image of the University. Now they say they “messed up” in handling the Sandusky scandal from the beginning, but Deviney and Suhey want to be reelected to the Board!

I spent 26 years in the Air Force and commanded units for the last eight years. I’ve handled tough situations. The military handles “mess ups” by removing the responsible individuals from positions of authority. They are not given a second chance after failure. The Board failed and incumbents should not be given a second chance. In fact, it’s beyond amazing that Stephanie Deviney and Paul Suhey would even consider running for reelection to the BoT.