Former Penn State football player Adam Taliaferro, who recovered from a devastating spinal cord injury in a 2000 game and later became an attorney, is one of three new members elected to the school's board of trustees.
Election results were announced Friday after more than 37,000 votes were cast. Taliaferro and two others, Anthony Lubrano and Ryan McCombie, begin serving their three-year terms July 1. Lubrano was especially critical of the board for its handling of Joe Paterno's firing in November.
The board had two open seats, one vacated by Dave Joyner, now the school's athletic director, and trustee Ann Riley lost her re-election bid.
Taliaferro, who received the highest vote total (15,629), played for the late Paterno and defended his former coach after Paterno's firing in November in the wake of the child sex abuse scandal. During his campaign, Taliaferro talked about being as transparent and as accessible as possible to alumni.
"Being an outsider, you can't see everything,” Taliaferro told The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News in March. "How are decisions made? How are the calls made? Once I'm on the inside, and I can see that, I could say if there needs to be restructuring."