Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Tedesco had run previously for the BoT. That was his father; this is Tedesco III’s first run at the Board. We regret the error.
Retired U.S. Army officer Vincent “V.J.” Tedesco III has announced his candidacy for one of the three alumni spots up for grabs on the Penn State Board of Trustees. Tedesco has already received the 50 signatures necessary to appear on the ballot.
“This is a crucial election. We need to add to the reformers already on the Board and make real progress addressing the challenges facing Penn State,” Tedesco said. “I call on Penn State’s 600,000 living alumni to study the issues and vote for candidates like myself who are committed to transparency, good governance and accountability.”
He cited the following six issues as the focus of his campaign (in his words and order):
1. Holding accountable those responsible for the University’s bungled handling of and response to the Sandusky affair
2. Modernizing the University’s governance and instituting systemic transparency
3. Ensuring Joe Paterno’s legacy of “Success with Honor” is appropriately commemorated and celebrated
4. Selecting new leadership all of Penn State can rally behind
5. Restoring the University’s national reputation
6. Making a Penn State education more affordable
Tedesco is a 1986 graduate who retired from the Army in December 2011 after nearly 26 years of service as an Armor and Cavalry officer including four wartime deployments during the Gulf and Iraq Wars. He currently works for Booz Allen Hamilton consulting and provides advice for clients in the Defense Department.
Board of Trustees voting begins on April 10 (alumni need to request a ballot), and the three winners will be announced at the May 9 meeting. The election is currently in its nomination stage, which will last until February 25.