Jay Paterno is the newest alumni-elected Trustee, winning this year’s election alongside incumbents Alice Pope and Bob Jubelirer. The three received the highest number of votes from alumni after getting the necessary number of nominations to appear on the ballot.
There was a four-way race for the three open seats after former-Trustee Al Lord dropped out of the race following his comment that he was “running out of sympathy” for victims of Jerry Sandusky and the subsequent outcry. The fourth name on the ticket, Rob Bowsher, was also a newcomer to the election but will not receive a seat on the Board.
Pope, who holds three degrees from Penn State, is no stranger to the Board, serving on the Academic Affairs and Student Life Committee during her tenures. She ran on a platform focusing on five main goals: Support the university’s academic mission, increase the Board’s transparency, resolve ongoing questions about the Freeh report, reduce the size of the Board, and support the mission and culture of the university.
Jubelirer also holds more than one degree from Penn State, both undergrad and J.D. He’s pro-student and spent time in the state government advocating for tuition to not be increased.
Paterno is well-known among Penn Staters, for both his name and his tenure as an assistant football coach. As a newcomer to the Board, he’s hoping to bring Penn State “back to its roots.” Alumni wanted Paterno’s mother Sue to run alongside him, however she declined the nomination before the election started.