Lubert, Dambly Elected To Trustees Leadership

The Penn State Board of Trustees has new leadership — although some would say it’s just more of the same.

Ira Lubert, the most recent Vice Chairman of the Board, ran unopposed and was elected as the 28th Chairman at the full Board meeting, taking over the reigns from Keith Masser. Mark Dambly defeated student trustee Allie Goldstein to take over Lubert’s spot as Vice Chair.

Lubert received all 34 votes for the chair position while the Vice Chair election wasn’t exactly decisive. The Vice Chair needed the majority of the 34 votes to take the position, which would be 18 votes. Dambly received 20 votes to Goldstein’s 14.

Lubert’s most recent term on the Board started a year-and-a-half ago after he was appointed by Governor Corbett in January 2015 to replace Karen Peetz when she resigned. Lubert also served as a trustee from 1997-2000 and 2007-2013.

“Ira is a tireless advocate for Penn State students and faculty,” Masser said in nominating Lubert. “He has excellent judgment, a deep understanding of our university, and he has been an industrious contributor to this Board.”

Dambly is a gubernatorial trustee appointed to the Board in 2010. He is the president of Philadelphia reality group Pennrose Properties, LLC and graduated from Penn State with a real estate and insurance degree. Dambly most recently chaired the Board committee on Finance, Business, and Capital Planning.

Some aren’t exactly happy with the election, claiming that Lubert’s position as a former director of Jerry Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, creates a conflict. Further, while most of the Trustees on the Board in November 2011 have been voted out or rotated off, Lubert and Dambly are two of the very few members left who participated in the decision to fire Joe Paterno and other related controversies.

Masser will remain a member of the Board at least until his term expires in 2017, at which point he will be up for re-election as an Ag. Society delegate.

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