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Adam Taliaferro Announces He Won’t Run In Board Election

Confusion arose on Monday regarding Adam Taliaferro’s intentions in the upcoming Board of Trustees election when an e-mail from Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship to its membership went public. The PS4RS e-mail stated that Taliaferro wouldn’t seek re-election for a second term, but he refuted that claim, explaining that he has “never spoken to anyone in their organization.”

Taliaferro decided to address the speculation this evening, releasing a letter officially announcing that he will not attempt to retain his alumni-elected board seat, citing time commitments that likely include his new position as a state legislator.

Here is Taliaferro’s statement on his decision in full:

Over the last couple days I have received numerous questions regarding whether I will be pursuing a second term on the Board. While I anticipated making my intentions known well before the election, I wanted to address the speculation created by Trustee Lubrano and PS4RS taking the liberty to speak publicly for my future plans. I think it’s best my intentions be communicated directly by ME.

Since joining the Board my main focus has been to represent the Alumni to the best of my ability. From the very beginning, my thought process regarding the Board dynamic has been that in order to accomplish anything we needed to work (or at the very least attempt to work) together. Looking back at what has transpired over my time on the Board, there have been many ups and down but I’m thankful to be where we are today.

While there is still work to be done, I am proud of what we have accomplished and I am hopeful for the Board’s future. With that being said, I have decided I will not be running in the upcoming BOT election. As some are aware I’ve taken on additional responsibilities over the last few years and I believe at this current time it is best for me to allow another individual to serve. Serving as an Alumni-elected trustee has been an unbelievable experience I will forever be thankful for the support of the Alumni and the entire Penn State family.

To the Alumni…thank you for your passion and dedication to Penn State. I am honored to have had the opportunity to represent you. To the individuals running in this upcoming election…best wishes in your endeavors and please know whether you run independently (as I did) or seek endorsement…you will represent more than 600,000 of the best alums in the world!

I am extremely excited for Penn State’s future behind Dr. Barron’s leadership. I look forward to remaining active in the PSU community and see you all at Beaver Stadium!! We Are…


Adam Taliaferro

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Zach Berger

Zach Berger is a reporter and Onward State's Managing Editor Emeritus. You can find him at the Phyrst more nights than not. If he had to pick a last meal, Zach would go for a medium-rare New York strip steak with a side of garlic mashed potatoes and a cold BrewDog Punk IPA. You can reach him via e-mail at [email protected] or on Twitter at @theZachBerger.


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