It is not about the statue – It is about making Penn State the world’s leading University

It is not about the statue.

 

It is about the truth. It is about our reputation, our integrity. It is about making Penn State the world’s leading University.

 

There are many candidates and people who are talking about Joe’s statue. When is it going to be put back by the stadium? If it does not go back by the stadium, where will they put it?

 

Honoring Joe is about so much more than a statue.

 

Honoring Joe is about the relentless pursuit of excellence in everything Penn State does and in everything that we do as Penn State graduates. It is breaking down the barriers that confront you, striving for excellence, never quitting and continuous improvement. It is about guts, hard work, determination and perseverance.

 

Penn State is at a unique point in its history. We have the students, the faculty, the alumni, the visibility, the cutting edge research and infrastructure to lead in evolution of higher education.

 

We Are:

1)   The #39 ranked University in the world

2)   The leading online degree granting program – World Campus

3)   #1 with recruiters

4)   THON

5)   A Top 20 Research and Development University

6)   A leader in Fulbright scholars

 

These are great achievements – and my thanks and appreciation go to everyone who helped make them possible. We can, and must do better.

 

The world is growing more competitive every day. Higher education will change more in the next five years than it did in the last fifty. We need to rise to meet this challenge and take advantage of the opportunity it provides. We do not have the luxury of time.

 

We need to take action immediately:

1)   Invest in our top academic programs

2)   Ensure World Campus can scale rapidly with exceptional quality

3)   Increase scholarship aid for top students

4)   Recruit leading Faculty and Researchers

5)   Create a culture of innovation and risk-taking

 

“We have got to start right now to put our energies together to make this a Number One institution . . . . I don’t think that’s an unfounded or a way-out objective . . . . We need an environment of dissent and freedom of speech and freedom to expresss new and controversial ideas . . . . We need more controversy, . . . we need more people to come to use with different ideas . . . . We can’t be afraid, too reactionary to new and disturbing ideas. . . .

 

We need vibrant, aggressive, brilliant teachers and scholars. . . . We need to give them the resources to grow and the freedom to challenge some of the old ideas and old conceptions. . . . I’m only anxious to get on with some other things to make it even bigger and better, not in a sense of size, but in the context of quality and influence in this country” [1] and the world.

 

Putting up a statue is easy. Living up to the standards that statue embodies – now that is a challenge – and one I welcome. Join me in this challenge. Together we can make Penn State the world’s leading University.

 

[1] Joe Paterno speech to the Penn State Board of Trustees, 1983

My vision of Penn State

My vision of Penn State is for a University where anyone can build the foundation and acquire the skills they need to be a strong, confident, educated and contributing member of our society, communities and workforce.

 

Penn State is for everyone. An undergraduate English major from Reading at the Berks campus. A Spanish engineering PhD candidate at University Park. A history major on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific. A working mother in Arizona sitting at her kitchen table studying accounting. Each of these people and more will be able to access world class instruction, research and degrees from Penn State.

 

We have the assets to create this reality:

 

1)     Academically-accomplished students

2)     World-renowned faculty

3)     Cutting-edge research

4)     Dedicated alumni

5)     Global reach

 

The reach and reputation of Penn State are at their highest points in history. We need to capitalize on this opportunity now. We need to:

 

1)     Invest in our top academic programs

2)     Ensure World Campus can scale rapidly with exceptional quality

3)     Increase scholarship aid for top students

4)     Recruit leading Faculty and Researchers

5)     Create a culture of innovation and risk-taking

 

If you share this vision and want to make this vision a more certain reality, I ask that you join me. Vote for Rudolph K Glocker, #26 on April 10th. Together we can make Penn State the world’s leading University.

Rudolph K Glocker Biographical background

Rudy is native of Pottstown, Pennsylvania.   He is a Managing Partner at pediped footwear, a fast growing children’s shoe company. Rudy graduated from Penn State with a BA in Political Science in 1991 and an MA in Political Science in 1993. Rudy earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1998.

 

A football Letterman, Rudy was active in student affairs while at Penn State. He served as President of the Student Athlete Advisory Board and the Graduate Student Association. While at Penn State, Rudy was tapped into Parmi Nous. Rudy was awarded a postgraduate scholarship from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for his academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments.

 

Rudy is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association and the Football Letterman’s Club. He is also a member of the Atherton and Golden Lion Societies. Rudy has endowed the Guy Montag Renaissance Scholarship.

 

Prior to joining pediped in 2008, Rudy spent 10 years at Goldman Sachs. He began his financial career at Credit Suisse in 1994. Other jobs included selling sporting goods in the former Soviet Union and coaching American football in Sweden. For both his academic and professional efforts, Rudy was named the inaugural Outstanding Young Alumnus of the Political Science Department for 2005/06 for his professional success and demonstrated leadership.

 

Rudy currently serves on the Board of The Aloha Foundation. He is also a member of the Penn State World Campus and online Education Advisory Board.

Why World Campus is critical to the future of Penn State

World Campus – the elephant in the birdcage that merits further discussion:

World campus is the key focus of my volunteer involvement with PSU over the past several years. As a member of the Outreach and World Campus Advisory Board, I have learned how vital the future of World Campus is to Penn State.

World Campus plays a large role in:
1) Driving the future of online degree granting education
2) Educating current ‘residential’ PSU students
3) Expanding the global reach of Penn State
4) Lowering tuition and insuring the future of high quality, high impact, high value education at Penn State

Competition in the online space is growing rapidly. New entrants, more aggressive current competitors and brand new business models emerge monthly.

World Campus is the global leader in on-line degree granting education. Penn State runs a rigorous, high quality, high value program. We are far from the cheapest, but we are the best. We need to retain this positioning.

Our Board of Trustees and the new leadership need to have a laser-like focus on this part of Penn State. For those of you not familiar with World Campus, here are some quick facts:

• Over 14,000 students are taking World Campus classes, up 14% over last year.
• Minorities make up 26% of all World Campus students.
• World Campus students come from over 60 countries (and all 50 states).
• World Campus is forecast to produce over $100MM in revenue in 2014.
• Graduates are increasing at a rate over 25% a year.
• World Campus is forecast to have as many students as University Park by 2020.

Penn State defines excellence in on-line degree granting education. Every day our competitors are waking up and saying – ‘what is PSU doing and how do we copy it’? We need insure this is true three, five and ten years from now.

Over 3,000 University Park ‘residential’ students are taking World Campus classes. These students have created a ‘blended’ program. This is the new normal. Focus and attention are required to make sure we are learning from these students.

World Campus allows almost anyone, anywhere, to pursue at Penn State degree. A US Army private stationed in Afghanistan, a single mother in Arizona, a father seeking a promotion at work – they can all access a Penn State education. Students from over 60 countries are enrolled in World Campus. We are bringing Penn State to the World and the World is bringing to Penn State their knowledge, desire and experience.

World Campus will provide over $55MM worth of support to academic programs at Penn State in 2014. This $55MM helps pay for faculty, offices, staff and the other expenses of Penn State. World Campus significantly lowers the fixed costs of education and re-invests the proceeds in academic excellence. By 2020 World Campus may well provide more money to Penn State than the Commonwealth – and Penn State controls its own destiny in this regard.

The status quo is changing. Education will change more in the next five to ten years than it did in the last 100. When a student is looking for a high quality, academically rigorous degree, we need to make sure Penn State is their top choice. Penn State needs to stay focused on this opportunity – time is of the essence.

Why this election is Critical

This Board of Trustees election is critical to the future of Penn State.
Momentum is swinging Penn State’s way. We have new leadership, THON’s $13MM for pediatric cancer research, a football program that refuses to quit, expansive research grants, a record number of applicants. This window of opportunity and bonhomie will only remain open for a short period of time.

This is a unique moment in the history of higher education. The ‘traditional’ model of college is being challenged online tools are changing the way we learn and information is transmitted. The opportunities and risks are greater than ever.

Penn State has great assets to take advantage of this changing educational landscape. Rising international rankings, high rankings by recruiters, great faculty, outstanding research and a leading position in online education.

We need Trustees who can help Penn State navigate this new world of higher education. Trustees with direct experience in the issues and challenges that will enable Penn State to succeed. We need Trustees who are actively engaged in a rapidly changing, globally competitive world.

During my years of service on the Penn State Outreach and online Education Advisory Board I have come to understand World Campus and the institutional barriers that slow its potential. These barriers must be broken to insure its continued dominance in online degree granting education.

My company, pediped footwear, competes online against the top companies in the world. We find ways to drive distinction and appeal to a growing breed of empowered, discerning customers.

Now is the time for Penn State to lead the future of higher education. To set the standards for excellence in the classroom: traditional and online. We need Trustees with a demonstrated track record of success in these areas.

I ask that you review my credentials, experience and campaign for an alumni seat on the Board of Trustees. If you agree with my vision, I ask that you vote for me in the upcoming election and spread the word of my candidacy to five fellow alums.

My track record of success

My candidacy is differentiated and superior to others because I understand and have direct experience and a track record of success in critical matters facing Penn State: online education, fiscal restraint and the pursuit of truth in the Sandusky scandal.

During my service on the Penn State Outreach and online Education Advisory Board I have come to understand World Campus and the institutional barriers that must be broken to insure its continued dominance.  My company, pediped footwear, competes online against the top companies in the world.  We find ways to drive distinction and appeal to a growing breed of empowered, discerning customers.  I will help Penn State do the same while moving the University toward an optimal blend of traditional and non-traditional learning.

Fiscal constraint is critical to Penn State’s future.  I have accomplished this without sacrificing quality.  In my role on the Board of Trustees at the Aloha Foundation, an educational non-profit in Vermont, I drafted a policy creating a maintenance endowment to lessen the future burden of capital projects. We have also kept the cost of tuition in line with inflation over the past three years.

We need to find the whole truth of the Sandusky scandal.  I co-authored a critique of the Freeh report with Franco Harris and Christian Marrone entitled “A Rush to Judgment” to start this process 20 months ago.  I will continue this quest on the Board.

I will bring this track record of results and success to the Board of Trustees.