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PS4RS Endorse Doran, Oldsey, Brown for PSU BoT

After a week-long primary, the alumni watchdog group Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS) has announced the endorsements of three trustee candidates: Edward “Ted” Brown, III, Barbara L. Doran and William F. Oldsey.

The “Top Six” candidates were narrowed down to three after an online primary by PS4RS members. Those six were chosen from a group of 29 by the PS4RS election committee, comprised of 10 members, including former football great Franco Harris.

“There is no question that the PS4RS membership is endorsing three of the most dynamic and qualified candidates on the ballot,” said PS4RS founder Michelle Murosky in a press release today.

Murosky adds that each endorsed candidate will receive space on the PS4RS website to share their platforms. Furthermore, she states that Brown, Doran, and Oldsey will be the beneficiaries of member-funded ad campaigns that hope to heighten visibility for each of the candidates.

PS4RS has been very outspoken about the board since its conception and hopes to unseat the two incumbents, Paul Suhey and Stephanie Deviney, in next month’s election.

“They were first caught flat-footed in November 2011, which should have been cause enough for their dismissal,” Murosky said. “Since then, however, they’ve allowed Louis Freeh to unleash a false and damaging narrative, permitted the NCAA to unfairly sanction Penn State, cost the school and surrounding community hundreds of millions of dollars, exhibited a poor showing, at best, at the recent Pennsylvania Senate hearings, and have continually placed the University in harm’s way, with absolutely no form of defense.”

Some information on the endorsements, as per PS4RS:

  • Edward “Ted” Brown, III (Class of 1968): President & CEO of KETCHConsulting, a crisis management, disaster recovery and business continuity consulting firm. He is responsible for corporate strategy, business management, interfacing with the media, and being the “face” of KETCH. Brown is President of Penn State’s Parmi Nous AIG and a board member of the Centre County Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association.
  • Barbara Doran (Class of 1975): A wealth management and portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley, with a specialty in equity and hedge fund investing. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, she is a former research investment officer of Neuberger Berman, where she co-managed the equity research department and a technology fund. Doran has served on the Board of Advisors for Outward Bound for more than 15 years and has been a volunteer on Penn State’s “For the Future” Campaign. She was endorsed by PS4RS in 2012, and placed fourth in the overall alumni trustee voting last year.
  • William Oldsey (Class of 1976): Mr. Oldsey is a self-employed strategic advisor in the areas of publishing, educational technology, media and digital learning. He consults with strategic advisory firms, investment banks and media companies leveraging 33 years of management and leadership experience. Oldsey was formerly an Executive Vice President with McGraw-Hill Education and President of Pearson Education International Group.

The group claims more than 18,000 members worldwide, and considering that just over 37,000 ballots were cast last year during an election that will most likely have the highest voter turnout ever, the group’s endorsement should hold some weight. But, with that said, we’ll have to wait until May to find out for sure.

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