Pitt, Penn State presidential searches on divergent paths

Monday, November 4, 2013

Vastly different presidential searches are unfolding at Penn State University and the University of Pittsburgh, neither of which is subject to the state's open records or ethics laws.

Pitt has seated a diverse committee of trustees, faculty, staff, alumni and students to steer its search for an executive to replace Chancellor Mark Nordenberg next year. Stephen Tritch, who chairs the board of trustees, “understands the notion of shared governance,” said Michael Spring, Pitt's Faculty Senate president.

Penn State trustees, who limited the university's Presidential Selection Council to a small group of influential board members, didn't get the message of openness contained in a $6 million report commissioned when the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal broke, critics say.

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