Cocalico alum competes for seat on PSU board

By on February 8, 2012

By: ANGELA CABEZAS Review Staff, Staff Writer

C. Jay HertzogC. Jay Hertzog

A Denver resident and Cocalico High School graduate is in the running for a spot on Penn State University’s Board of Trustees.

C. Jay Hertzog, born and raised in Denver, is one of six candidates being endorsed by Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship (PS4RS), an alumni organization that formed in response to the Sandusky sex scandal at PSU. Hertzog was chosen for endorsement based on his application, letters of reference, and answers to a detailed questionnaire.

"My strength in this board is my 22 plus years in higher education," Hertzog said. "I think an experiential base is desperately, desperately needed on the board. You need people who understand how universities work. If you look at the current board of trustees, there’s only one educator there, and that person is a K-12 teacher. I have nothing against K-12, but it is not higher education."

Hertzog, who served as Slippery Rock University’s dean of education for 10 years, received his bachelor of arts degree in music education from Penn State in 1968. He also completed his master’s degree in education administration and his doctorate in education at the university in 1972 and 1980, respectively.

"Having spent as much time at PSU as I have — I love that place," Hertzog said. "When I say I bleed blue and white, I REALLY bleed blue and white."

His love for the university is what led Hertzog to run for one of the board’s three alumni seats in the first place, as was his dissatisfaction with the way the trustees handled football coach Joe Paterno’s dismissal as a result of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

"When I found out that it was done by a phone call, I was beside myself," Hertzog said. "The man gave 61 years of his life at the university, and to have treated him like that — I said to my family, ‘I’ve got to do something,’ and they said, ‘Why don’t you run for the board of trustees?’"

In addition to wanting the board to get the "change of mindset" he believes they desperately need, Hertzog also has a vision of seeing his alma mater restored to its former glory.

"Seeing Penn State University being dragged through the mud by the media really crushed me," he said. "I want to rehabilitate PSU, help it regain its proud stature as a university that’s known for its academics, its research, its arts, its devotion to the community, and its athletics."

Though six finalists have been endorsed by PS4RS, only three will be chosen by the group to run against alumni who are seeking a seat on the board without an endorsement. The final election will take place in the spring, with the winners being seated July 1.

"I was just elated and honored to be in the final six," Hertzog said, stating he will not run without the Penn Staters’ endorsement in the event that he isn’t chosen as one of their ultimate candidates. "I hope I’m in the final three, but if I’m not, I’ll support whoever is." More HERTZOG, page A10

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