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Gregory F. Scott ’92 Harrisburg

Gregory F. Scott ’92 HarrisburgGregory F. Scott ’92 Harrisburg
Pittsburgh
Professional Engineer
Buchart Horn, Inc.

 

Statement: In 2012, Governor Corbett created an advisory commission on postsecondary education to explore how the commonwealth funds higher education. As a member of the Grassroots Network, I was invited to speak at one of the commission’s hearings held in Pittsburgh on behalf of Penn State. I spoke about Penn State’s role in providing quality education to working and middle-class families all across the state, such as the one I came from. I firmly believe that the affordable cost of Penn State’s exceptional education is why I still live and work in Pennsylvania. The outcome of the commission’s report was the state still continuing to support Penn State as its land-grant University.

Pennsylvania, as well as most of the other states, continue to face financial challenges which seriously threaten the commonwealth’s ability to maintain current levels of support for Penn State, much less keep up with rising costs. At stake is whether Pennsylvania can maintain the covenant with Penn State that begun in 1855 when the University was chartered “ … to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in all the pursuits and professions of life.”

As a member of Alumni Council, I will advocate for Penn State and higher education funding in Harrisburg, support and encourage the Alumni Association’s goals of creating and funding scholarships by alumni, and continue to speak out on the University’s role to improve the quality of life in Pennsylvania by our education and our research.

(Life member, Penn State Alumni Association; board member and past president, Greater Pittsburgh Chapter; member, Alumni Council; member, Grassroots Network; member, American Society of Civil Engineers Federal Advocacy Captain, and member of ASCE Energy, Environment and Water Policy Committee)

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