By Tony Romeo

HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania’s auditor general is calling on the state legislature to change the way Penn State University is run, saying its president has too much power.

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Auditor general Jack Wagner says his analysis from the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges shows that only six percent of those schools have the president as a voting member of the board.

But at Penn State, Wagner says, the president is not only a voting member but also sits as the secretary, setting the agenda for meetings.

“The president cannot be an employee and an equal to the board,” Wagner said today.

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Wagner also recommends that the governor be made a non-voting member of the board, and that, with some exceptions, all four state-related universities -– Temple, Pitt, Lincoln, and Penn State -– be subject to the state right-to-know law.

Wagner is also critical of the current arrangement allowing for 13 members to establish a quorum, which he points out allows as few as seven members of the 32-member Penn State board to make a decision.

 

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