Next Penn State President to be Named Monday

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A special Board of Trustees meeting will be held on Monday to announce the next Penn State president. Public information announced the meeting at about 1 p.m. today with no information about the purpose, but the Centre Daily Times is reporting that the meeting is to name Rodney Erickson’s successor.

“The Penn State Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 12 p.m., Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Dean’s Hall of the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel, University Park, PA,” a media release attributed to Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers read. “The meeting is open to the public. Media table facilities will be available.”

“Penn State’s next president will be named Monday,” the Centre Daily Times wrote, citing a source. “The presidential pick is not an internal hire but has Penn State ties, a source said.”

There’s no word yet on who the person might be. There was some guessing on Twitter that the selection could be Eva Pell, the Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution and 35 year Penn State faculty member. Pell worked her way up to senior vice president for research and dean of the graduate school and just recently announced that she would retire from the Smithsonian in March. The timing matches up, but it’s merely speculation at this point. Nonetheless, Pell is a name to keep in mind come Monday.

This isn’t the first time the Board of Trustees has put us on guard for a presidential hire. In November, the Board announced a similar meeting, which was promptly canceled after allegations of impropriety emerged about the candidate SUNY President David R. Smith.

A Penn State president to be announced on President’s Day? You couldn’t write it better than that.

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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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