The Paternos, Anthony Lubrano, Franco Harris and PS4RS
LOVE AND LOYALTY
My parents were Penn Staters.
My father came from Wilkes-Barre on an athletic scholarship in 1942. He was the first in his family to attend college and he stayed to earn a Ph.D. and to teach American Literature for more than 20 years.
My sister and I grew up in State College and we both graduated from Penn State. My wife, Julie, and I have a home in Boalsburg and two of our sons are Penn State alumni.
Penn State's traditions are my traditions. Success with Honor is more than a slogan -- it's a pledge, a responsibility, and a way of life.
For me, Joe Paterno, has been and always will be a mentor, a role model, and a hero. He and my father were friends and colleagues. I grew up idolizing Joe and all that the Paterno family stands for.
I am committed to doing everything I can to fully restore his place of honor as the man who, along with Sue, helped so much to make our University strong and great.
FOR THE FUTURE
The past year has been the most difficult in our history.
Unfortunately, many of those entrusted with leadership have failed to lead. They panicked in the face of the media's rush to judgement. They commissioned
and accepted a flawed Freeh Report without examination. They surrendered to NCAA sanctions
without a challenge. And they have spent millions of our dollars seemingly to protect and promote themselves instead of defending our University.
We owe it to future generations to pay forward the values and benefits we have enjoyed as proud Penn Staters.
There is no room in effective governance for incompetence, arrogance or excuses. It is time to step up and to show the world that Penn State's best years are
still to come.
FOR THE GLORY
I have spent my professional career in the business of education. As Group President of Pearson Education and Executive Vice President of McGraw-Hill, I worked with colleges, universities, and school districts across the country developing products and platforms to improve the teaching and learning experience.
It has been my privilege over the years to serve the University. Julie and I established three endowments, two benefiting the
College of Liberal Arts and one creating a football scholarship. In 2007, we were inducted into the Mt. Nittany Society. I have served as Chairman, Board of Visitors, for both the Department of English and the Center for American Literary Studies. I was named an Alumni Fellow in 2009. And I have regularly guest lectured and mentored students in our College of Liberal Arts.
After a lifetime of preparation, I am now ready to devote all of my experience, skills, and energy -- full time -- towards restoring our University's hallowed reputation and its rightful place at the pinnacle of higher education.
Generations of Penn Staters -- past, present, and future -- are counting on us.
WE are Penn State!