PSU begins its search for new president by asking faculty, staff and students for input

    Attendees of a Penn State forum to solicit input on the search for the university’s next president said Friday they wanted a leader committed to strengthening education and keeping tuition affordable.

    Others also said they wanted a leader who can openly communicate with the surrounding community.

    Friday’s gathering was part of a series of open forums to get opinions from faculty, staff and students about what attributes the next president should possess.

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    Penn State hired executive search firm Isaacson, Miller to help find the successor for Rodney Erickson, who plans to retire by June 2014. Representatives from the firm led a discussion with about 20 participants Friday.

    Erickson took over in November 2011 after Graham Spanier left under pressure days following the arrest of retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

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