Board Of Trustees Alumni Nominations Open Through February 25

Nominations opened Monday for the three alumni-elected seats on the Board of Trustees, thus kicking off the annual alumni trustee election process. Trustees Anthony Lubrano, Ryan McCombie, and Rob Tribeck are all facing the end of their terms this year.

Alumni should receive a nomination ballot via email as long as they have a valid address on file. Those who haven’t received a ballot can request one here.

Lubrano and McCombie have served on the Board since 2012, while Tribeck has served since 2015. We couldn’t find official announcement of re-election campaigns for any of the three, but PS4RS (an alumni organization formed after the Sandusky scandal to reform the Board of Trustees) says they will all seek re-election.

Challengers include Rob Bowsherwho was included on last year’s ballot but was not elected, former Penn State All-American Brandon Short, and “Joe Out” host Laurie Stanell, who ran for a seat on the Board a few years ago but was also not elected.

Last year’s alumni election included one non-incumbent on the ballot in Jay Paterno, who was ultimately elected alongside incumbents Alice Pope and Bob Jubelirer. Though Sue Paterno was also nominated, she chose to decline because of rotator cuff surgery and said she’d “revisit the decision next year.”

PS4RS did not officially endorse any candidates in the 2017 election, instead opting to host a town hall event with all of the candidates. The organization has not announced whether they’ll endorse candidates for this cycle.

Nominations are open now through Sunday, February 25 at 5 p.m. Alumni need 250 written nominations to be added to the ballot, which will be released via email on Tuesday, April 10. Current students — both graduate and undergraduate — are unfortunately unable to vote, even those who will graduate only a few days after the election ends.

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