Friday, August 13, 2004

Celebrating sunshine on Dickinson board session

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Friday, August 13, 2004

Our View Celebrating sunshine on Dickinson board session

Today's Penn State Dickinson School of Law board of governors meeting is open to the public, and that's worth recognizing. No matter what the board decides -- and we noted this week that we'd like it to make a hard decision on the future of the school and move on -- the fact that there will be proper sunshine on its deliberations is a step in the right direction.

Previous meetings were closed to the media, and it took a bill passed by the General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Ed Rendell in July to open the process. At the time, we applauded the work of state Sen. Hal Mowery, R-Lemoyne, and others who pushed the legislation.

Before the board today is a committee's recommendation that the full board spend more time studying the proposal for dual campuses in Carlisle and State College, rather than vote on the plan.

We'd like to see a vote.

We'd like to see a decision made in the best interest of future students and the long-term stability of the school. A lot is at stake for two communities.

But it's not lost on us that the open process will allow everyone to know what the board of governors talks about today and in the future.

And that is important.

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