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Fewer Alumni Voting in Penn State Board of Trustees Election

by on April 17, 2014 3:15 PM

Alumni for Penn State have started casting their votes for three vacant seats on the board of trustees.

One week into the election process, alumni have submitted less than half the number of ballots compared to last year. The administrative office for the board is reporting that 14,170 alumni have cast their votes. Last year, in total, 32,986 alumni voted, which was down from a record-setting 37,579 ballots cast 2012.

Voting for three alumni seats opened April 10 and concludes May 8.

The three open seats are currently held by board members Jesse Arnelle, Marianne Alexander and Joel Myers. Myers is the only candidate seeking another term.

Alumni can select from 31 candidates on the ballot. Initially, there were 32 candidates, however, longtime board member Arnelle withdrew from the race.

Winners will be announced May 9.

The university automatically sends ballots to graduates who have a valid email address on file with the university's alumni records.

Graduates who have requested a ballot over the last two elections will automatically receive a ballot.

In order to request a ballot, Penn State graduates can click HERE.

Voters can learn about each candidate HERE.

The 32-member board includes five trustees who serve in an ex officio capacity – university president, Pennsylvania governor, and state secretaries of agriculture, education and conservation and natural resources.

The alumni elect nine members. The governor appoints six members. Organized agriculture societies elect six members. The board elects six members from business and industry sectors.

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