Harrisburg, June 22, 2017— Senator John T. Yudichak (D-Luzerne/Carbon) issued the following statement after Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a performance audit report on Penn State University:
“As a graduate of Penn State, I have long advocated for governance reforms that would make the Penn State Board of Trustees more accountable to students, faculty and the taxpayers of Pennsylvania who established it as our land-grant university. I commend Auditor General Eugene DePasquale for a fair, but tough report on the core issue of accountability. The Penn State Board of Trustees has not only disregarded expert recommendations, they have brazenly taken steps toward less transparency in their actions. While the report acknowledges the Penn State Board of Trustees has made some progress in improving the way they operate, there remains much work to be done. Ensuring background checks are done on employees, improving compliance with the Clery Act, and controlling rising tuition rates all start with a smaller, more fully engaged board. Penn State should re-engage the General Assembly and advance legislation that would reduce the size of the Board of Trustees.
“Furthermore, I would encourage the Penn State Board of Trustees to consider all the recommendations put forth by the Auditor General in order to become a more transparent and accountable governing body,” said Senator Yudichak.