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.

    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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