Penn State announced the 27 members of the new Blue and White Council — which includes two students — earlier today at the Board of Trustees meeting.
Stan Ikenberry, the former President of Illinois, will advise the council tasked with providing strategic planning recommendations over the next year before a new Penn State President is selected. Although an ambiguous task, it will be interesting to see what this council is able to accomplish over the next year.
“The members of the Blue & White Council are providing a critical service at an important time in Penn State’s long history of outstanding performance and educational results,” said Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz. “Higher education throughout the nation faces an array of issues in the years ahead. Penn State needs to be not only prepared, but continue to lead.”
The 7 percent student representation on the council is far from ideal, and it would have been nice to have a greater level of student input beyond just the minimal level required for Penn State to claim student involvement.
Nevertheless, the members of the council have impressive accolades. Here’s the complete list:
Michael A. Adewumi, vice provost for Global Programs
Lori J. Bechtel-Wherry, chancellor, Penn State Altoona
Ingrid M. Blood, professor of communication disorders
Alvin H. Clemens, trustee, senior partner, Agility-Partners LLC
Mark H. Dambly, trustee, president, Pennrose Properties LLC
Stephanie N. Deviney, trustee, attorney at law, Fox Rothschild LLP
William E. Easterling, dean, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
Wanika B. Fisher, graduate student and president of the Graduate Student Association
Henry C. Foley, vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School
David J. Gray, senior vice president for finance and business/treasurer
Donald C. Hambrick, Evan Pugh Professor and Smeal Chaired Professor of Management
Tracy S. Hoover, associate dean, undergraduate education, College of Agricultural Sciences
Peter J. Hudson, director, Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences and Willaman Professor of Biology
Keith E. Masser, vice chair of the Board of Trustees
Joel N. Myers, trustee, president, AccuWeather Inc.
Robert N. Pangborn, interim executive vice president and provost
Karen B. Peetz, chairwoman, Board of Trustees, vice chairman and chief executive officer of financial markets and treasury services, Bank of New York Mellon
Kathleen M. Quinn, student, University Park Undergraduate Association and Schreyer’s Honor College representative to Academic Affairs Committee
Carl T. Shaffer, trustee, president, Pennsylvania Farm Bureau
Paul V. Suhey, trustee, orthopedic surgeon, Martin & Suhey Orthopedics
John P. Surma, trustee, chairman and chief executive officer, United States Steel Corp.
Adam J. Taliaferro, trustee, health care alliance liaison, Bristol Myers Squibb
Ronald J. Tomalis, trustee, secretary, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Craig D. Weidemann, vice president, Outreach
Susan Welch, dean, College of the Liberal Arts
Robin D. Wittenstein, director and chief operating officer, Penn State Hershey Health System