President Barron Releases Post-Election Statement To Penn State Community
President Eric Barron released a statement Thursday afternoon following the end of the presidential election, encouraging all to consider how the national event will affect Penn State.
In an e-mail to the Penn State community, Barron acknowledged the combative nature of the election, as well as the diverse reactions among community members following the results.
“Given the tight and contentious race, I know that many of you are disappointed and disheartened with the outcome, while others see this as an opportunity to strengthen our great nation,” Barron wrote. “Regardless of who you supported during the election, I urge you to focus on your role as part of the Penn State community, and to reflect upon who we are as Penn Staters.”
Barron emphasized the university’s efforts to create a “just and unified university,” referring back to the “We Are All In” kickoff event early last month. Barron’s praise for the campaign shifted to his pride in the university and in the nation.
“I am proud to be a part of a university that respects and values the views of others, and I take great comfort in our nation’s democratic process. It is a privilege to vote, and it is a privilege to live in a country where we can voice differing opinions openly. This is a freedom we should never take lightly.”
In closing, Barron urged community members to “share your ideas, to listen, and to learn.” He also recommended that those interested in continuing a discussion about the presidential race should attend the College of Communications’ post-election panel, featuring alumni who covered the election. The panel will be held on Tuesday, November 15 in Freeman Auditorium.