Voting begins today in the contentious election for three alumni seats on Penn State’s Board of Trustees. The trustees race once generated little interest in the general public, let alone the 560,000 Penn State alumni across the country. But that changed last year following scrutiny on the actions of university leaders in the aftermath of retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s arrest in November 2011 on child sex abuse charges. Any of the university’s 560,000 alumni can vote, though they must first contact the Board of Trustees office. Voters can cast ballots online or through the mail. Voting ends May 2, with results to be announced the following day at the trustees meeting
If you did not get your ballot, be sure to contact the alumni office!!!!!
Okay, we have 86 nominees running for Penn State Board of Trustees for 3 seats! Going to be quite a ride! I will need the help and support of each and every one of my supporters to enlist support from everyone they know to vote. All qualifiied alumni and contributors of the University will receive a ballot by snail mail and/or email. Be sure to vote, and spread the word that Myke is #60 on the ballot! If you have any questions, please contact me at PennStateMyke@aol.com.
To be eligible for the election, candidates had to receive 50 nominations from fellow alumni and had to accept the nomination in writing to have their names placed on an election ballot, which is sent to the alumni.
All candidates were invited to attend a drawing that would determine the order in which their names will be placed on the ballot, Director for the Office of the Board of Trustees Paula Ammerman wrote in an email.
The name order will be chosen through drawing numbers or lots, Ammerman wrote. If a candidate cannot attend the drawing, a representative can take their place or authorize Ammerman to designate an individual to draw on their behalf.
The drawing and announcement will take place at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel at 1:30 p.m., Ammerman wrote. The venue was changed from the offices in Old Main due to spacing reasons.
According to Standing Order VI on the Office of the Board’s website, the president of the board must set a date for candidates to attend and place their “lots” or bids for their placement on the ballot. After all candidates have received their lots, the secretary of the board will establish an official order for the ballot.
If you are a member of the alumni association and have not received your nomination ballot in an email, do the following:
Alumni trustees are elected, three each year for three-year terms, by the following procedure: On or before January 15 each year, nominating ballots are sent (1) to all alumni of the University who have, within two years prior to March 1 of each year, been either active members of the Penn State Alumni Association or contributors to the Penn State Fund, or (2) to any other alumni who make a request in writing for a ballot. (Alumni can request a ballot by sending an e-mail to BOT@psu.edu and provide the following: complete name; year of graduation; college/major; current e-mail and home addresses.)
I would appreciate your support by your naming me on your ballot. Thank you in advance.