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Penn State Assistant Vice Provost Killed In Boalsburg Crash

A Penn State official died on Wednesday following a crash in Harris Township.

According to State College police, Geoffrey P. Mamerow “ran into the side of” a privately owned pickup truck with a snowplow attached while he was jogging and crossing Boal Avenue at the Old Boalsburg Road intersection. Mamerow, 43, was an assistant vice provost at Penn State who lived in Boalsburg.

“We share our deepest condolences with the family, friends, and colleagues of Geoff Mamerow,” Penn State spokesperson Wyatt DuBois said. “Geoff joined Penn State in 2017 and most recently served as assistant vice provost for assessment in the Office of Planning, Assessment, and Institutional Research. His many contributions to OPAIR have been important to the success of the unit and the University. He was a well-respected and liked colleague who will be greatly missed.”

Mamerow was pronounced dead at the scene and identified by Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers on Thursday. An autopsy concluded that Mamerow died of blunt force trauma. His death was ruled accidental.

Police said a preliminary investigation didn’t indicate that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. State College detectives and a crash reconstructionist are continuing to investigate.

Anyone with information regarding the crash can contact State College police by calling (814) 234-7150, sending an email, or submitting an anonymous tip online.

Counseling resources are available for Penn State employees through the Employee Assistance Program (866-799-2728).’s Geoff Rushton contributed to this report.

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