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Ted Brown, Barry Fenchak, & Christa Hasenkopf Elected Alumni Trustees

Ted Brown, Barry Fenchak, and Christa Hasenkopf have officially been elected as alumni trustees. They’ll begin three-year terms on Penn State’s Board of Trustees beginning July 1.

The three respectively received 9,121, 7,536, and 7,095 votes from their fellow alumni en route to their nominations. The trio topped candidates Farnaz Farhi, Edward Smith, Maribeth Roman Schmidt, and incumbents Barbara Doran and Bill Oldsey.

Brown won re-election for the final time after serving on the board for the previous nine years. A 1968 Penn State graduate and Pennsylvania Army National Guard veteran, Brown has a background in crisis management, disaster recovery, and business continuity. He ran his campaign on honoring Joe and Sue Paterno, lowering tuition, and focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Fenchak, who completed his undergraduate degree in 1984, set out on his campaign with the hopes of bringing a “different approach” to Penn State’s Board of Trustees. He’s a longtime chemical engineer, investment adviser, and adjunct instructor at Penn State, and he’s hoping to steer the university in the right direction moving forward.

Hasenkopf is a first-generation college student who graduated from the Eberly College of Science in 2003. She has focused on being a leader and innovator when it comes to global environmental equity, as noted in the “Penn State Forward” campaign Hasenkopf helped run.

Rick Sokolov and Naren Gursahaney were elected as trustees representing business and industry. Additionally, Tracy Riegel was elected as an at-large trustee for a three-year term beginning July 1. Both Valerie L. Detwiler and Abraham Harpster were re-elected to the board by agricultural delegates.

Brown, Fenchak, and Hasenkopf will assume their roles before the full board meets again at the Penn State York campus from July 20 to 22.

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After a four-year career with Onward State, Gabe is now a college graduate and off to the real world. He shockingly served as the blog’s managing editor during the 2022-23 school year and covered football for much of his Onward State tenure, including trips to the Outback Bowl and Rose Bowl. For any professional inquiries, please email Gabe at [email protected]. You can still see his bad sports takes on Twitter at @gabeangieri.

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