Corbett has proposed slashing funding for Penn State and the other three state-relateds by 30 percent in the upcoming fiscal year. He also formed a commission to study higher education and how it can prepare students for the economy. University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark Nordenberg questioned the consistency of Corbett’s proposed budget and his goal for the state to have a job-ready workforce. “There was a fundamental disconnect between the governor’s expressed desire to ensure that there was a strong workforce for the innovation economy of the 21st century and the action items embedded in his budget,” Nordenberg said. “In certain respects, what we’re seeing is the dismantling of a long, long commitment by the commonwealth of Pennsylvania to public higher education, and particularly to public research universities,” Nordenberg said. Erickson pointed out that Penn State is one of the top producers of engineering graduates in the country. It also graduates students in science, earth and mineral sciences and has the only public agricultural college in the state. “We need to understand they’re very often the higher cost programs,” Erickson said. As part of the budget planning process, Penn State asked the state for a 5 percent increase in funding in 2012-13. Under that scenario, tuition increases would be kept below 4 percent. Erickson said if Corbett’s proposed budget passes it would mean bigger tuition increases than the university had planned, staff vacancies left unfilled and program cuts. “We will continue to cut costs wherever we can, because we don’t want to lay the impact of any further cuts any more heavily upon our students and their families than we have to,” Erickson said. “We need to know where this is heading,” he said. Last year, Corbett proposed cutting state funding for Penn State and the other state-relateds in half. The final budget ended up slashing support 20 percent. Tuition for in-state students at University Park is $15,000 a year versus $27,000 for out-of state students. Erickson warned that the impact of state funding cuts would hit lower-income students and those at regional campuses particularly hard. At regional campuses, students come from families with median incomes 10 percent lower than the state median and 60 percent of students work at least 22 hours. “These are the students we’re going to lose as the costs inevitably increase regardless of what we do and as the appropriation goes down,” Erickson said. “And these are people who are absolutely critical to the future of the commonwealth.” “We can’t continue to offer that kind of a tuition break for Pennsylvania residents as the appropriations continue to fall,” he said. The university has had pay freezes for two of the past three years, and Erickson said he will do everything he can “to see if we can find ways to appropriately reward our faculty and staff.” “We’ve got to balance all of these factors,” he said after the hearing. State Rep. Scott Conklin, who sits on the Appropriations Committee, said Corbett’s proposed cuts would be “devastating.” “If you’re going to create jobs in Pennsylvania, there’s two ways you do it,” Conklin, D-Rush Township, said after the hearing. “First off, you invest in infrastructure, new roads and bridges. We’re not doing that. And the second way is to educate young people at an affordable price, and we’re not going to do that.”
OK, where was the board of trustees when this was happening?? Penn State has the highest tuition of any 4 year institution in the USA!! No wonder the state legislature is looking at us as a private institution. The “New” Board has much work to do to right these wrongs. There was a lot more wrong at Penn State than just how the scandal of November played out on the media.
|Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus||PA||$14,416|
|University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus||PA||$14,154|
|University of Vermont||VT||$13,554|
|St. Mary’s College of Maryland||MD||$13,234|
|New Jersey Institute of Technology||NJ||$12,856|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Altoona||PA||$12,750|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Berks||PA||$12,750|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Erie-Behrend College||PA||$12,750|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Harrisburg||PA||$12,750|
|University of New Hampshire-Main Campus||NH||$12,743|
|The College of New Jersey||NJ||$12,722|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||IL||$12,528|
|Pennsylvania College of Technology||PA||$12,480|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Abington||PA||$12,250|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Beaver||PA||$12,250|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Greater Allegheny||PA||$12,250|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Lehigh Valley||PA||$12,250|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Mont Alto||PA||$12,250|
|Colorado School of Mines||CO||$12,244|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Hazleton||PA||$12,200|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State New Kensington||PA||$12,200|
|Pennsylvania State University-Brandywine||PA||$12,150|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Fayette- Eberly Campus||PA||$12,150|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Schuylkill||PA||$12,150|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Wilkes-Barre||PA||$12,150|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Dubois||PA||$12,130|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Worthington Scranton||PA||$12,110|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State York||PA||$12,110|
|Pennsylvania State University-Penn State Shenango||PA||$12,050|
|University of Illinois at Chicago||IL||$12,034|
|University of Massachusetts Amherst|
MINUTES OF MEETING
November 11, 2011
A meeting of the Board of Trustees was held in the Alumni Ballroom of The Nittany Lion Inn, University Park,
Pennsylvania, at 9:50 a.m. on November 11, 2011.
The following Trustees were present: Garban (chairman), Surma (vice chairman), Alexander, Allan, Arnelle,
Broadhurst, Clemens, Corbett, Dambly, Deviney, DiBerardinis, Eckel, Erickson, Frazier, Greig, Hayes,
Suhey, Surma, and Tomalis; Governor’s Representative Branstetter; and Trustees Emeriti Brosius,
Coppersmith, Huck, Junker, Metzgar, Robinson, Rowell, and Wolff.
Present by invitation were faculty representatives Backer, Hagen, and Hufnagel; student representatives Bard,
and Lozano; staff members Ammerman, Baldwin, DiEugenio, Foley, Hanes, Kirsch, Mahon, Mulroy-
Degenhart, Pangborn, Paz, Poole, Sims, and Weidemann.
University. He noted that all on the Board pledged support to President Erickson and the administrative team
as we work together and collectively for the future of this institution that we love. President Erickson was met
with a standing ovation and his remarks are included below in their entirety:
“Thank you, Chairman Garban, I am honored and humbled by your appointment of
me as president. I want to thank you for placing your confidence in me–and the other
members of Penn State’s administrative team as we move forward. We are indeed a team,
one that pulls together day-in-and-day-out.
“I’d like to take the opportunity to introduce my wife, Shari, who is a wonderfully loyal
Penn Stater despite being a University of Iowa Hawkeye. She’s been the love of my life for
the past 43 years since we first met, and she keeps me well grounded.
“As you know, I’ve been with Penn State for more than 34 years, and I am deeply
committed to this institution, first and foremost to our students; and to those who make it
happen every day-our faculty and staff; and to those who have great pride and a sense of
family in Penn State-our alumni and friends reaching from the Commonwealth to the far
corners of the world.
“I accept this new leadership role under circumstances that I never could have
imagined. It has been truly difficult to comprehend the terrible nature of the allegations that
were revealed in the Attorney General’s presentment last week. My heart aches for the
victims and their families, and my mind searches for answers, like millions of others across
“This is a tragedy for many lives, and it will take all of us some time to come to grips
with the full magnitude of all the damage that has been done.
“I want to thank the Board of Trustees for your leadership and guidance through this
difficult time. Your deliberations and decisive actions have now set a course for the
“Later today we will hear of the formation of a Special Committee to undertake a full
and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report.
Healing cannot occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed and
how we can prevent such tragedies in the future.
“I am grateful for the Board’s commitment to Penn State’s mission and your
stewardship of the University. Each of you shares my personal resolve to re-energize our
commitment to be the best that we can be, individually and collectively, to strive for
excellence in everything that we do, and to represent the highest standards for honesty and