Is Tom Ridge On Tap For Penn State Presidency?

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Speculation is growing that former Homeland Security Secretary and PA Gov. Tom Ridge could replace Penn State president Graham Spanier, even though sources close to Ridge tell KDKA-TV that no one official at Penn State has approached Ridge about the position.

But close friends and Ridge cabinet members tell KDKA Political Editor Jon Delano that Ridge would be great for the job.

“Regardless of the circumstances, he is the man for almost any job I know, any difficult and challenging job, and that certainly would be the situation there,” says former Conservation & Natural Resources Secretary John Oliver.

Oliver says from his experience in Ridge’s Cabinet that Ridge is an excellent administrator, a former prosecutor as U.S. Attorney, and a strong governor to whom President Bush turned in the days after 9/11.

“When he took over the Department of Homeland Security, he certainly faced a crisis situation,” notes Oliver.

High marks in Washington lead many to say Ridge can restore integrity and confidence to a troubled university.

“I just have the utmost confidence in his ability to assess the situation and then take whatever action is necessary.”

Now there is no confirmation from either Ridge or Penn State that this will happen.

Sources tell KDKA that Ridge, who has a successful consulting firm in Washington, won’t publicly comment on the idea until there is a vacancy or some official at Penn State approaches him.

More News on Penn State
WARNING Contains Graphic Material: Read The Entire Grand Jury Presentment
VIDEO: Watch The Attorney General’s News Conference (11/7)
Attorney General, State Police Commissioner Statements: Page 1 | Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 |
Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office
Penn State Nittany Lions

More from Jon Delano

One Comment

  1. steve says:

    Why should they appoint Tom Ridge as the new president? I hate these politics in everything. One politician takes care of the other. What a joke.

    1. No Ridge says:

      Exactly,George W. Bushes little poodle

      1. AMERICA says:

        Communist Government : A system of government that plans and controls the economy .
        Also all wealth and property is distributed equally and owned by the government and all citizens are socially equal.

  2. Dave says:

    Tom Ridge was the governor of Pennsylvania at one time, and a very good one at that. He also has ties to Pittsburgh, so why wouldn’t you support someone of his stature? He’s a homegrown boy who has done well for himself. He would be a definite asset to PSU’s campus, and he will have a huge job at trying to right this wrong and remove the black mark on PSU.

  3. stellablue says:

    He was always known for his integrity…until he became a pimp for the gas drillers.

Comments are closed.

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Play It
Get The All New CBS Local App

Listen Live