Wagner: Make Penn State More Accountable To Taxpayers

Friday, July 27, 2012

Pennsylvania Auditor General Jack Wagner on Thursday called for changing the way Pennsylvania State University operates by subjecting the school to right-to-know laws and removing the president as a voting member of the board of trustees.

Wagner said his recommendations were geared toward making Penn State - a public land-grant university that receives hundreds of millions of dollars in government funding and support - more open and accountable to taxpayers.

"Penn State does not operate in an isolated fashion," he said. "Decisions made at Penn State are decisions that impact the commonwealth."

Wagner's recommendations come in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal, a scathing report from former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and crippling NCAA sanctions leveled against Penn State's football program.

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