PSU Sex Abuse Scandal
- Freeh turning to federal court in defamation lawsuit
- PSU alumnus intends to sue school, trustees over losing BOT election
- PSU joins NCAA in requesting court documents stay sealed
- Judge approves transfer of more Second Mile assets
- Pa. court won't speed up Spanier vs. Freeh lawsuit
- Kane report sheds light on child abuse reporting recommendations
- Corbett: I've never condemned Paterno, 'never will'
- Kane investigation tops $180K, reveals no political motivation
- AG Kane releases report on Sandusky investigation
- Sandusky's wife refutes Attorney General's report
- Report: Missteps, delays abundant in Sandusky investigation
- Report to be released on Sandusky abuse investigation
- AG plans Monday release of Sandusky case review
- Penn State AD Joyner announces retirement
- Corbett says he read Sandusky investigation report
- Senate committee approves PSU BOT reform legislation
- PSU BOT reform legislation vote expected Tuesday
- Judge sets Jan. trial in suit over Penn State fine
- Gov. Corbett meets with investigator over Sandusky case
- Freeh seeks speedy trial on PSU defamation claims
- No rulings in Paterno vs. NCAA hearing
- Paterno family continues fight for more documents in case vs. NCAA
- Erickson reflects on time spent as PSU President
- Penn State announces board of trustee voting results
- PSU BOT voting appears to be down after recording breaking years
- NCAA: Paterno sanctions lawsuit 'ignores reality'
- Rominger files response about leaked court docs, case is sealed
- Rominger responds to court over Sandusky media leaks, would want his filings sealed
- Franklin's involvement in Vanderbilt rape case questioned
- Corbett signs 4 more child-abuse prevention bills
- Freeh gets expedited appeal in Spanier lawsuit
- Court seeks to examine Penn St.-NCAA agreement
- PSU Clery Act investigation remains ongoing
- PA Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal
- Spanier asks federal court to halt criminal case
- PSU nixed plan to tribute Paterno after his death
- Freeh appeals ruling that delayed Spanier lawsuit
- Low support in state House for PSU BOT changes
- Documents released showing how Freeh was hired for PSU report
- Delay of Spanier's defamation suit lawsuit affirmed
- Former Sandusky lawyer surrenders law license
- Group continues to push for more PSU records to be released
- Former Sandusky attorney being investigated
- Centre Co. seeing spike in abuse case reports in recent week
- Pa. Attorney General's Sandusky case costs nearing $100K
- Former PSU admins again asking for cases to be dismissed
- Penn State expected to name new president today
- AG Kane: Internal review of Sandusky case delayed
- Pa. Court denies Sandusky attorney's appeal
- Judge rules Baldwin testimony may be permissible against 3 PSU ex-administrators
- Paterno lawsuit against NCAA will move forward
- Former PSU president seeks delay in defamation suit against Louis Freeh
- Centre Co. experts weigh in on Lynn case's impact on accused Penn State official's future
- Documentary about State College after Sandusky scandal premieres
- Baldwin testimony quashed; Curley, Schultz, Spanier hearing wraps up early
- Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms
- State details case against ex-PSU president
- Possible changes proposed to PSU sanctions
- Victim 9 sues Sandusky, PSU
- State senators propose PSU Board of Trustee changes
- Expenses for PSU scandal near $52 million
- AG argues against court hearing Sandusky appeal
- Judge sets hearing date for Spanier vs. Freeh case
- Search for next PSU president extended
- Jerry Sandusky lawyers file notice of another appeal
- PSU board calls off special meeting
- Paterno family lawsuit vs. NCAA goes before judge
- Penn State: 26 people get $59.7M over Sandusky
- Sen. denied request to intervene in NCAA suit
- Lawyers: 19 Sandusky victims settle with Penn St.
- Pa. appeals court: No new trial for Sandusky
- NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships
- PSU student files lawsuit against police
- Borrowing, protest to mark Penn State meeting
- Sandusky's 1st appeal hearing set for Tuesday
- Former prosecutor says he doesn't think Paterno aided in cover-up
- Changes made to Jerry Sandusky appeal hearing
- PA Superior Court panel to hear Jerry Sandusky appeal
- 3 former PSU administrators to face trial
- McQueary: Paterno said Old Main 'screwed up'
- Testimony: Public information office 'in the dark' about Sandusky investigation
- Penn State community wants answers from administrator hearing
- Freeh stands behind findings in new interview
- Spanier denied access to some evidence
- 6 News Investigation: PSU trustee works to clear criminal record
- Judge approves Matt Sandusky, family name change, documents possibly to be sealed
- Judge to seal Sandusky family request for name change
- Paterno statue removal anniversary
- $90K missing from fraternity
- Paterno statue removal anniversary
Low support in state House for PSU BOT changes
Updated: Thursday, March 20 2014, 06:39 PM EDT
Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- A constant talking point surrounding Penn State University is the cries, and in some cases demands, for change in the makeup of the school's board of trustees. Within the past year two state legislators have proposed bills to bring change, but in at least one house of the General Assembly, the support may not be there.
The two bills proposed last year by state senators called for the board of trustees to be downsized, with the hopes of a smaller board being more engaged in operations, but in the state House, some aren’t as interested.
Former state Sen. Robert Jubelirer said the legislation is at least a starting point.
"It's an important beginning," Jubelirer said. "It changes the composition of the board of trustees. It reduces it from 30 people to 23 voting members. It provides the way it's done, it does it in a fair way."
At least 40 state senators have signed on as a co-sponsor for the reform measure, but in the state House, previous trustee reform proposals have stalled, with some leaders saying change needs to come from within.
"Penn State's charter has change over the years and our role in that has diminished significantly," Rep. Kerry Benninghoff, of Centre County, said. "While we have, I believe five or six appointees to that board, most legislators I think believe that is a decision that needs to be done by the trustees and their alumni."
Trustees have said they have made some internal changes in recent years, but the size of the board remains a point of debate.
"I don't think everybody is going to be totally happy," Benninghoff said. "I think you could cut the board in half and somebody's going to want to cut it again. Some want more student appointees, it's some of those things at the end of the day the university has to run and they [have] to make some decisions."
The trustees have hired a consultant to talk about reform and governance issues.
Benninghoff said he continues to sponsor separate legislation that would reform the commonwealth's right to know laws to include Penn State and other state schools. A hearing on that is expected later this year.