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Board of Trustees to Welcome 13 New Members

by on May 08, 2015 6:00 AM

Despite attempts to stop the election, the Penn State Board of Trustees will vote to approve a handful of new members on Friday.

On Monday six alumni-elected trustees -- Ted Brown, Barbara Doran, Bob Jubelirer, Anthony Lubrano, Bill Oldsey and Alice Pope -- filed a petition in Centre County Court, asking a judge to delay the election and give them access to information about the candidates they claimed they were denied.

But Penn State President Eric Barron and board chairman Keith Masser have both responded that the trustees already had access to the information, making the lawsuit unnecessary. On Thursday, attorneys for both sides of that dispute signed a document asking the court to dismiss the lawsuit as moot, officially clearing the way for Friday's election.

According to Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers, there are 13 seats that will be filled on Friday. The candidates will fill a mix of open seats and new positions on the board, and their terms will begin on July 1.

Three open alumni-elected positions will be filled, but incumbents Lubrano and Ryan McCombie already hold seats on the board. Robert Tribeck, an alumnus and the chief legal officer of the Post Acute Medical healthcare company, is also expected to join the board.

There are two open agricultural representative seats, one of which will be filled by incumbent Donald Cotner. Chris Hoffman, who runs two farms in Juniata County, has also expressed interest in one of the open seats.

Powers says a university selection committee will recommend two business and industry candidates to the board. No information about the candidates has been made public, unlike the agricultural and alumni-elected candidates.

There are also several brand new positions that will be filled. Kathleen Smarilli, the immediate past-president of the Penn State Alumni Association, will join the board. David Han, an alumni fellow and surgeon at Penn State Hershey, and Luke Metaxas, a sophomore studying information sciences and technology, will also take seats on the board.

Three at-large trustees will also be appointed, but university representatives were unable to provide details about possible candidates.

Powers confirms that some current trustees will step down, but only alumni-elect Adam Taliaferro has publicly stated that this will be his last term on the board. The names of the other trustees retiring from the board have not been made public.


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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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