In the same meeting in which three new members were voted on to the board of trustees for Penn State University, the presently seated members approved vast governance changes for the panel.
Newcomers Barbara Doran, William Oldsey and Ted Brown were elected as new trustees, squeezing out incumbent Paul Suhey and board vice chairperson Stephanie Deviney. All three of the new members were endorsed by a Penn State alumni group which has been critical of university leadership and their handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse allegations.
The current trustees then voted to reduce the size of their board from 32 to 30, eliminating the votes of the state governor and the university president, and instituted a five-year waiting period before Commonwealth row officers may become eligible to be trustees.
Also approved were a recommendation to reduce the requirement for a quorum of the board from a majority of its members to thirteen, and another that would lower the amount of time needed for notice of a trustees board meeting from ten days to three days.