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Brandon Short, Steven Wagman, & Alvin De Levie Elected Alumni Trustees

Brandon Short, Steven Wagman, and Alvin de Levie have officially been elected as alumni trustees. They’ll begin new three-year terms on Penn State’s Board of Trustees starting July 1.

The three respectively received 14,299, 9,730, and 9,688 votes from their fellow alumni en route to their elections. They topped fellow candidates Jim Bognet, Bridget Lasda, and incumbent Laurie Stanell.

Short won re-election after first joining the Board of Trustees in July 2018. You probably know him as a former All-American Penn State linebacker who went on to play in the NFL, too. Off the gridiron, he’s amassed nearly 10 years of experience in real estate investment banking and investment management. Short previously worked for Goldman Sachs, among other firms.

Wagman previously served as the Penn State Alumni Association’s president from 2017 to 2019. He is nearing completion of a two-year term on the board granted following his tenure as the organization’s immediate past president. He graduated from Penn State in 1982 and ran a campaign focused on increasing the university’s affordability and preparing it for the future.

Alvin de Levie grew up in a Penn State family in Centre County. He graduated from Penn State in 1973, earned a law degree from Villanova, and still practices as an attorney in State College today. His campaign largely focused on improving town and gown relations and restoring Joe Paterno’s legacy at the university.

Additionally, the board appointed sophomore Schreyer Honors College scholar Janiyah Davis as its next student trustee. She’ll succeed Bryan Culler and begin a two-year term on July 1, too.

Two candidates won election to the board by agricultural delegates. Donald Cairns, a 1988 Penn State graduate and owner of Cairns Family Farms in Chester County, was elected to his first term. Chris Hoffman, the owner of Lazy Hog Farms and Lazy Chick Farms in Juniata County, was re-elected.

Robert Fenza and Mary Lee Schneider were re-elected as trustees representing business and industry. Julie Anna Potts was re-elected as an at-large trustee, and Nicholas Rowland, professor of sociology at Penn State Altoona, was elected as the board’s academic trustee. 

Short, Wagman, and de Levie will assume their new roles before the full board meets again at University Park from July 15 to 16.

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