Trustees/regents

Haiku on trustee controversies at Virginia and Penn State

Trustees learn some rules:
“Keep noses in -- fingers out!”
Do we know they work?

In June, Visitors
Of U.Va. put all their
"Fingers in" -- quite fast.

July came ‘round and
PSU’s board took the stage
“Noses out” -- quite far.

Sad -- the rules proved right
As the boards got them so wrong --
Q.E.D. times two.

Richard Kneedler is president emeritus of Franklin & Marshall College and a consultant and operating officer with Ann Duffield & Colleagues, a firm providing strategic counsel to college and university chief executives and boards. He previously served as interim president of Rockford College.

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