Monday, December 08, 2008

Some Trustees Are Lovin' Themselves Some Grahamie

The Collegian reports today on  what a few Trustees have to say about the recent rumor that Graham "was in the mix" of people under consideration by Obama for the Secretary of Education job. And these guys were lovin' themselves some Grahamie.
University trustee Charles Brosius said he hadn't been contacted for vetting purposes and added he would be surprised if Spanier left the university.

"He's doing a fabulous job where he is," he said. "I wouldn't be surprised if he was asked. I would be surprised if he accepted."
See Charlie thinks Grahamie  is doing a bang up job here and doesn't want that stoooopid SOE job anyway.
University trustee Edward Junker said Thursday that about two weeks ago, Spanier denied rumors he was being considered for the post.

"I just said, 'Hey, Graham, I heard a rumor that you're being considered for Secretary of Education,' and he said, 'No, there wasn't any truth to it,' " Junker said, adding Spanier also said that, to his knowledge, he was not being vetted.
Eddie tells us that Grahamie denied the rumors to him. But Grahamie wouldn't deny the rumors to the press.
Spanier, who has been tight-lipped about his possible spot on an Obama shortlist, did not return e-mails seeking comment by press time Sunday.
Why not?  Now Bud gets to the heart of it.
Trustee emeritus L.J. "Bud" Rowell said Thursday he didn't have any information on Spanier's possible cabinet appointment.

"Hopefully he'll stay at Penn State where we love him. He's certainly qualified -- more than qualified," he said. "I don't know why he'd want to take it. It'd be a hell of a cut in pay, and we need him."
That sound right to me. With Graham, it's always about the moola.

So the Trustees are in the tank for  Graham. That contrasts starkly with the comments that accompanied the Centre Daily Times article on the rumor which ran heavily to the negative.  Here's a sample comment.
I just don't get it. I've never seen a bigger lightweight get further in my life. While Spanier getting this job would be the best thing to happen to PSU, it makes no sense. I don't get how he got to be a University President in the first place. Ever met him in person? He's great speaking broadly to a big room, but he can't deal with anyone one on one -- no personality, no character, nothing to add. And THIS is the most qualified person to run the Department of Education??? Stunning.
I couldn't have said it any better myself.

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