Interview with Radio Free Penn State

In Blog, News on April 17, 2012 by Mr. Roush

Click below to hear the interview I conducted with Penn State Student radio station WKPS-FM 90.7 The Lion.



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Dan Landers-Nolan, Class of 2013

In Endorsements on April 14, 2012 by Mr. Roush


Erika Kelege, Classes of 2005 and 2009

In Endorsements on April 14, 2012 by Mr. Roush

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Three Questions from The Penn Stater Magazine

In Blog, News on April 14, 2012 by Mr. Roush

The Penn Stater Magazine sent three questions to all 86 trustee candidates.  CLICK HERE to see the original website, but I have included my answers below.

Answers to Questions

1. In view of sharply declining state appropriations, what steps should Penn State be taking to secure its financial future?

a. Place a moratorium on any current or future proposed acquisitions of real property or construction of new facilities. Buildings look beautiful, but are costly to maintain, even if constructed using funds from external sources. As tuition increases, enrollment can be expected to decline, and with it – the need for additional square-footage of facilities.

b. Create and enforce a tuition cap OR a set maximum allowable tuition increase for the next five years to allow current and future students to accurately plan their funding needs. Utilize across-the-board spending cuts to live within the cap or pre-set increases.

c. Increase efforts to drive revenue out of preexisting Auxiliary Enterprises. Put the facilities and infrastructure that we already have in place to better use.

d. Encourage alumni to rally legislators to increase appropriations.

e. Form a panel of experts to begin drafting a 10-year strategic contingency plan that includes transition to private status. If appropriations disappear, we need to be ready to live inside of that reality.

2. The rising cost of tuition nationally is making college less affordable for many students. Outline the steps you believe Penn State should be taking to address the issue.

a. Redouble efforts by the University Development Department to build endowment for in-state need-based scholarships. While merit-based awards are important for attracting top-performing students, some top-performers already have the means to pay, yet are partaking of funds that, if directed to the right needy student, could mean the difference between them attending or not.

b. Work towards a system of guaranteed minimum scholarship awards to ALL in-state students offered admission to the University. Create a system where the incentive for in-state students to enroll locally is generated by University and Philanthropic funds, and not from a state taxpayer-funded discount.

c. Self-contained independent community colleges remain a very affordable option in some areas of the country. The University should investigate the feasibility of transitioning commonwealth campuses toward functioning similarly to the Auxiliary Enterprise units. That is, become more self-supporting, living on their own independent budgets like a community college of similar size and enrollment.

d. Move towards a more multi-tiered tuition rate system, with the smallest commonwealth campuses, serving the most economically depressed regions, having significantly lower tuition rates than larger campuses in more economically diverse regions.

e. Create a division within the Office of Student Aid specifically charged with researching and creating a database of every private scholarship opportunity in the state, including those for high school seniors. Many high schools do a great job of this in their own communities, while others do not. Think of it like internship or job-placement for scholarships NOT awarded by the University.

3. What form should Penn State’s land-grant mission take in the 21st century?

I don’t believe the land-grant mission itself – has changed much at all. From the time the Farmer’s High School was founded until today we have always been about providing a “practical education” in “several pursuits and professions in life.” I believe we are still charged with doing so. The difference between that age – and the present – is conditions and values have shifted.

Today we are losing our graduates to other states that have a more robust opportunity climate. If our land grant mission has changed – it should now be to transform the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania into an incubator of innovation. Our mission should be one that makes Pennsylvania a place where students not only want to move to attend school, but a place where they want to stay when they graduate.

We’ve made it through far more difficult economic times. Now it’s time for us Penn Stater’s to do what we do best: persevere. Innovate. State appropriations are dwindling, and tough decisions must be made moving forward. But the mission has not changed: keep it quality, keep it affordable, and keep it accessible. With your vote – that’s exactly what I will work to accomplish.

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Greg Brown, Class of 2008

In Endorsements on April 3, 2012 by Mr. Roush

I’m still hoping for more of you to grab your webcams and cellphone cameras and share your thoughts like Greg did! E-mail or tweet me if you’d like to know more.


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Radio Interview with WCED-AM and WDSN-FM, DuBois, PA

In Blog, News on April 3, 2012 by Mr. Roush

I just completed a fantastic 25-minute interview with Lindsay Schoening of Sunny 106.5 WDSN-FM in DuBois, PA.  The interview will air as part of their community affairs program called “CONTACT.”  You can hear it on WCED 1420-AM on Thursday, April 5th from 8:35am to 9:00am, and again on Sunny 106.5 WDSN-FM on Sunday, April 8th from 6:00am to 6:25am.  Click either one of the logos here to listen to the interview!

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Press Release

In News on April 1, 2012 by Mr. Roush


Former Western PA TV News Reporter and PSU Trustee Candidate Pledges to Visit 23 Campuses in 6 Months

David Roush Also Plans Online Webcam Town Hall

Meetings with Alumni Around the World.

NEW YORK, NY – Former WJAC-TV news reporter and DuBois, PA native David Roush, has pledged to visit with faculty, staff, students, alumni and chancellors of the school’s 23 commonwealth campuses across Pennsylvania if he is elected to the Penn State Board of Trustees.

 “We have a University to run,” said Roush, who currently works as a reporter and high school teacher in New York City. “So many people are caught up in recent news events, that they’re failing to realize there is a statewide system of campuses that needs some serious leadership at the helm. That’s what I hope to bring to the board if I am elected.”

 Roush says he wants to engage alumni through webcam videoconference “Town-Hall” style meetings where alumni from around the globe can engage him personally, and ask him direct questions about his positions and attitudes towards running the University. He has already started a campaign website at which includes videotaped endorsements from alumni who speak about why they plan to vote for him.

 “This is 2012. Reaching an alumni base of over half-a-million people who are scattered around the world is a daunting task. But with the help of technology, I want alumni to know that I am here. I am reachable, and I am accessible,” Roush said. “That’s one characteristic that I think sets me apart from the litany of corporate executives who are running for these open seats.”

 A total of 86 candidates will vie for three alumni-elected seats on the board. The number is a huge increase, due mainly to the recent events involving an alleged sexual-abuse scandal and the firing and death of famed football coach Joe Paterno.

 “Many candidates are basing their entire campaign message on seeking an apology or some sort of redemption for Joe (Paterno),” Roush said. “And while I agree there is definitely unfinished business in that arena – we aren’t hearing anything about what these candidates plan to do with the rest of their three-year terms.”

 The dates and times of the webcam town hall meetings will be announced in a forthcoming press release.

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