PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Alumni Council Announces 2016 Election Results

The Penn State Alumni Association announced the results of its annual Alumni Council governance election on June 1, welcoming ten individuals to three-year terms, including four candidates endorsed by the PSAAForAll interest group. The group secured nine of ten positions in the 2015 election.

This year’s ballot included 31 candidates selected by the nominating committee, but not without the string of controversy that has befallen recent elections. The Alumni Association established a nominating committee to vet candidates — a process that has been criticized for preventing many of the more vocal alumni (especially those involved with the PS4RS interest group or who have publicly criticized the Alumni Association) from appearing on the ballot. The nominating committee used five selection criteria to vet candidates (although the selection criteria were not released until after candidates had already submitted their intent to run). Luckily, the 2016 elections didn’t result in a lawsuit.

The following candidates were elected by a mere 7.36 percent of eligible voters:

  • C. Jay Hertzog ’68 Edu, ’72g, ’80g
  • Kelley M. Lynch ’87 Bus
  • Tracy Shillinger Riegel ’85 H&HD
  • William R. Scruitsky ’86 Lib
  • Judy Barkus Meehan ’87 H&HD
  • David S. Cavanaugh ’76 A&A
  • Elizabeth Park Haas ’80 Com
  • Edward Bardella ’85 Hbg
  • Liana Trigg ’15 Sci
  • John Shaffer ’88 Com

PSAAForAll endorsed winning candidates Ed Bardella, Jay Hertzog, William Scruitsky, and John Shaffer in addition to three candidates who were not elected to the Council. Including these candidates, PRSSAForAll now holds more than 30 elected Council representative positions, according to the group’s website.

The ten successful candidates will officially begin their respective terms with the Alumni Council on July 1.

Correction: We have updated this story to add more clarity on how the nominating committee functions.

About the Author

Elissa Hill

Elissa is a junior public relations major and the managing editor of Onward State. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Send questions and comments via e-mail ([email protected]) and follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.


More by Elissa

Penn State Approved For Medical Marijuana Clinical Research

“The research component of Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program sets it apart from the rest of the nation.”

Tim McGraw’s Brother Among Class Of 2018

Literal Dumpster Fire Lit Outside Sig Ep


Max Sauve Commits To Penn State Hockey

Sauve originally committed to Vermont in 2015, but flipped to Penn State at the eleventh hour and will join the Nittany Lions next season.

Penn State Women’s Volleyball Releases 2018 Schedule

Penn State Hoops Alumnus Joonas Suotamo’s Journey To Becoming Chewbacca Featured On ESPN’s ‘E:60’

Evaluating Tony Carr’s Performance At The 2018 NBA Draft Combine

Penn State Hockey Commit Evan Bell Wins Clark Cup With USHL’s Fargo Force

Student Life

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Career Services To Launch Integrated Career Management & Recruiting Platform

Penn State Esports Wins Tespa Collegiate Hearthstone Championship

Plans Submitted For New KFC In State College

Developers have submitted preliminary land development plans to build a new KFC restaurant at 1780 S. Atherton St. in State College.

Penn State Names Guadagnino Vice President For Administration

Guadagnino will continue to provide legal advice as associate general counsel in addition to his duties as vice president.

As Disciplinary Hearing Opens, Expert Says Baldwin Failed To Properly Represent Ex-Penn State Administrators

A Pennsylvania Disciplinary Board hearing began on Tuesday in Pittsburgh for former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin, who is accused of violating rules of professional conduct in her representation of former university administrators during the Jerry Sandusky investigation.

Be the first to know

  • Top posts and the best Penn State stories

Thank you for subscribing.

Something went wrong.

10 Questions With 2019 Class Gift Director Tom Beeby

Tom Beeby will serve as the 2019 Class Gift Executive Director.

Send this to a friend