Applications surge at Penn State, officials say

Posted: January 19, 2014

A year after dipping, student applications at Pennsylvania State University are up sharply, a surge president Rodney Erickson called a "sign of stability and strength" after a dark period in the school's history.

The 19 percent increase over this time last year was reported Friday at a meeting of the university board of trustees.

The board also said it was on track to name a new president in the coming months. But chairman Keith Masser declined to provide details on the search to replace Erickson, who on June 30 will leave the post he took over from Graham B. Spanier.

"Our university is improving, and things are dynamic and changing," Maser said after the meeting. "And an improving environment helps us. So we are diligent in making sure we have the best fit for Penn State University."

Earlier, the board had welcomed new head football coach James Franklin, whose hiring was announced last week. Franklin told the trustees, "Nobody is going to work harder to make you guys all proud" - on and off the field.


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