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Chairman Keith Masser Deletes Political Tweets

Penn State Board of Trustees chairman Keith Masser is one of the few members of our university’s governing body with a Twitter account (@paspuds) — although it hasn’t been very active lately. In fact, Masser has been the opposite of active, with his tweet count going backwards from seven tweets to two tweets over recent weeks.

With a little help from Google cache, it wasn’t hard to find out what one of Pennsylvania’s most distinguished potato farmers deleted.

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Oy vey.

Just a little more than two weeks after he voted to fire coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier, Masser hopped on the Newt 2012 train. And what a ride it was, with a first place finish in South Carolina and a second place finish in Florida only to all come to an end in May after tensions in his campaign staff became public and momentum went back to Mitt Romney.

What were the other four tweets Masser deleted?

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To recap: 57% of Keith Masser’s tweets were dedicated to either Newt Gingrich or John McCain before he deleted them.

All joking aside, it would be nice to see members of the board embrace Twitter as a tool to interact with Penn State alumni and students. Currently, @PeteKhoury and @Tali43 are the only active trustee Twitter accounts that I am aware of. With a social media community as robust as Penn State’s, it would seem to be a great avenue for board members to interact with constituents.

At the very least, we can hope Masser tweets before the 2016 election.

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About the Author

Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]


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