Board Of Trustees Election Winners Announced
With a record setting 37,579 votes cast, the Penn State Board of Trustees announced the winners of the alumni election at their meeting Friday afternoon. In front of a modest crowd in the Nittany Lion Inn ballroom — including candidates, media, and spectators alike — it was announced that Adam Taliaferro, Anthony Lubrano, and Ryan McCombie will fill the three vacant alumni seats.
The three elected members will being their 3-year terms on July 1, which marks the new fiscal year for the university. This was certainly a historic election, with 86 candidates vying for the three seats, a deluge of interest almost certainly due to the magnified spotlight on the Board after the Sandusky scandal hit in November.
Taliaferro received the most support of any candidate, with an astonishing 15,629 votes, just under 42% of every ballot cast. He earned a B.S. in Labor and Industrial Relations in 2005. During his freshman season on the football team, he suffered a paralyzing spinal cord injury. Taliaferro’s medical recovery has been well-chronicled. He is the founder of the Adam Taliaferro Foundation which provides support to student-athletes who suffer serious brain or spinal injuries. Taliaferro was recently elected to the Gloucester County Board of Freeholders in New Jersey. He currently resides in Swedesboro, N.J.
Lubrano was always seen as a front runner as well, garnering 10,096 votes. He received an accounting degree in 1982. In 1989 he founded A.P Lubrano & Co., Inc., a financial services & wealth management firm specializing in group retirement and estate planning. While serving as President, his firm has grown to include 10,000 clients in 48 states, as well as over $400 million in assets. He played baseball while at PSU and donated a large sum to open Medlar Field and Lubrano Park.
McCombie received 4,806 votes, 766 more than fourth place finisher Barbara Doran. He graduated in 1970, completing the Navy ROTC (NROTC) program. After graduation, he was commissioned into the U.S. Navy as an Ensign. He also served in high-ranking positions with the Defense Intelligence Agency and as the Senior Navy Representative and faculty member at the Army War College. Currently, he is an independent business consultant. He is currently the chair of the military scholarship committee for Penn State World Campus, as well as a member of the Board of Advisors for Outreach Development.