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Zach McKay Elected Student Body President

It’s official: Zach McKay is the next UPUA president.

McKay was officially elected tonight alongside vice president-elect and running mate Lexy Pathickal, defeating the only other president-VP ticket Erin Boas and Kyle Larson. There were no significant executive write-in campaigns.

This election marks the first contested election for president that UPUA has seen since 2017. It was expected to be a close one, as both McKay and Boas commanded large and vocal followings. When the votes were tallied and the decision was finalized after polls closed at 9 p.m., McKay and Pathickal managed to snag 2,844 votes.

This year’s elections were historic, as it was the first time that candidates needed to campaign completely remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. During the 14th Assembly elections, executive ticket candidates Laura McKinney and Jake Griggs earned 4,794 votes.

McKay and Pathickal are both juniors who have served in UPUA during the last two years. McKay, a junior from Pittsburgh, is majoring in economics and has served as the College of Arts and Architecture representative, an at-large representative, and the Governmental Affairs committee chair within UPUA. Pathickal, a junior from Bucks County, is majoring in political science and has previously served in UPUA as the Director of Outreach and the Chair of Outreach.

In addition to the new president and vice president, the following At-Large and Academic Representatives were elected to the 15th Assembly. There were 19 candidates fighting for 20 open At-Large spots, as well as many candidates running for the academic rep seats.

At-Large Representatives

  • Erin Boas (2397)
  • Megan Dalo (2039)
  • Adeline Mishler (1963)
  • Sarah Jordan (1943)
  • Samantha Browne (1869)
  • Tom Dougherty (1864)
  • Kara Dolusio (1831)
  • Steven Zhang (1828)
  • Jacob Klipstein (1803)
  • Yoo Jin Jeong (1753)
  • Daniel Risser (1737)
  • Annmarie Rounds-Sorenson (1728)
  • Tim Tierney (1723)
  • Mati McIntyre (1719)
  • Noah Robertson (1678)
  • Joshua Reynolds (1650)
  • Cam McColgan (1572)
  • Aarathi Kallur (1561)
  • Keri Eiben (1540)
  • YuNa Choi (226)

Academic Representatives

Smeal College of Business

  • Rainer Foley-DeFiore (534)

Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications

  • Lakyn Meeder (412)

College of Earth & Mineral Sciences

  • Amanda Byrd (180)

College of Education

  • Amy Garry (167)

College of Engineering

  • Sydney Gibbard (496)

College of Health & Human Development

  • Patricia Birungi (687)

College of Information Sciences & Technology

  • Brian Schultz (132)

College of the Liberal Arts

  • Najee Rodriguez (809)

College of Nursing

  • Kelly Synder (25)

Division of Undergraduate Studies

  • Manny Almonte (308)

Eberly College of Science

  • Cara Fliegel (278)

Schreyer Honors College

  • Lewis Richardson (529)

Editor’s note: McKay’s vote total was originally announced as 2,843, but later changed to 2,844 due to one student’s provisional ballot being submitted because of an issue with OrgCentral.

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Ryen Gailey

Ryen is a junior early childhood education major from "right outside of Philly" - or in exact words, from 23.0 miles outside of Philly. She loves all things Penn State and has been a huge Penn State gal since before she could walk. Send her pictures of puppies, or hate mail at [email protected]


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