Cranberry Township native Patrick Howley could bring a fresh perspective to the Penn State Board of Trustees if he's elected, which is exactly why he wanted to embark on a campaign.
Howley told Onward State that the board's current demographics—and some friends—convinced him to run.
“A lot of it stemmed from seeing the general reaction to the Board of Trustees and how people felt towards the Board,” Howley told Onward State.
Howley, who now lives in Baltimore, said he hopes to bring the perspective of someone who attended Penn State University Park in the midst of the Jerry Sandusky scandal, and to encourage the board and entire university community to move forward. He also wants to focus on rising tuition costs and debt.
A 2007 Seneca Valley High School graduate, Howley is one of 39 alumni candidates up for three open seats. Alumni voting begins April 10.
The Sandusky scandal changed the way alumni view the trustees election. USA Today reports more than 37,000 alumni voted last year, shattering the record set in 1990 by about 10,000.
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