Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Members will discuss proposal to open University Park law campus

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Tuesday, July 20, 2004


Dickinson board to meet in public ; Members will discuss proposal to open University Park law campus

Of Our Carlisle Bureau

The board of governors of The Dickinson School of Law will meet in public tomorrow for the first time. The meeting will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Buchanan Ingersoll law offices at 213 Market St. in Harrisburg.

The Patriot-News and The Sentinel of Carlisle had tried to force open board meetings and won their case in Cumberland County Court. Commonwealth Court overturned the decision in April, but the state Supreme Court had agreed to hear the newspapers' appeal of the Commonwealth Court ruling.

Eight of the board's 35 members will gather to discuss a Penn State University proposal to open a University Park law campus while maintaining the Carlisle law school campus.

Under a bill signed into law last week by Gov. Ed Rendell, nonprofit boards affiliated with public colleges and universities must open all their meetings to the press and the public.

The meeting is open to the public, although the public is not permitted to participate.

Law school board Chairman LeRoy Zimmerman said the eight-person committee intends to come up with a recommendation for or against the two-campus proposal, which it will take to the full board in the next few weeks.

The board is expected to vote on the plan, also in public, by Aug. 15.

Community interest in board meetings has been high since November when law Dean Philip McConnaughay and Penn State administrators proposed relocating the Carlisle school to State College.

The suggestion was withdrawn last month in a closed-door meeting.

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