Senate Confirms Allie Goldstein as Student Trustee
The Pennsylvania Senate approved second-year doctoral candidate Allie Goldstein as the sole student member of the Penn State Board of Trustees. Her approval comes two weeks after she received a nomination for the position from Gov. Tom Corbett.
“Allie is a dedicated student and civic minded leader who will proudly represent the interests of her fellow students on the Board of Trustees,” Corbett says. “She brings a student-centered focus that is essential in her new role.”
Goldstein replaces Peter Khoury, who graduated in May, as the student trustee. The Senate confirmed Goldstein's nomination just in time for the next Board of Trustees meeting, held in Schuylkill on July 10-11. One of the most important items on the July agenda is setting tuition costs for the 2014-2015 year. The trustees have acknowledged in the past the benefit of hearing the student perspective when considering tuition.
In the spring, Khoury's looming graduation set in motion the formation of the Student Selection Committee, which considered applicants for the next student trustee. The committee recommended Goldstein to Gov. Corbett, who proceeded to nominate her to the Senate.
"I was really surprised and quite honored to find out the students had selected me as someone they trusted to serve in this capacity," Goldstein says. "All of the students are leaders who are invested in the future of Penn State, and each of them are individuals who I look up to both personally and professionally. For them to instill such faith in me is something I find humbling and recognize as meaningful. I look forward to the opportunity to continue to represent the student voice on the board."
Goldstein is studying higher education at Penn State. She says she applied for the role of student trustee for the same reason she chose higher education: She's passionate about "student development and the college experience."
She says she believes universities have the potential to make a big difference in students' lives. The decisions the Board make with regard to programs, interventions and priorities can be the driving force toward ensuring student success.
On top of her demanding Ph.D. schedule, Goldstein serves as the managing editor for the Higher Education in Review, graduate assistant in the higher education program, Graduate Student Association delegate for the College of Education and representative for the Faculty Senate Committee on Library, Information Systems and Technology.
"I thought about the amount of time I would be investing into my application and potentially the position. I decided it was 100 percent worth it," Goldstein says. "If the committee determined that I was the student they wanted to serve in this capacity, I would be both honored and ready to fill that role. I know how much of a commitment the student trustee position is, and look forward to dedicating my time to building connections, hearing from the students, and representing the student voice on the board."
Goldstein received her Master’s degree in post-secondary educational leadership from San Diego State University in 2012 and Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Buffalo in 2010.
Although she's only been at Penn State for two years, Goldstein says her background will be beneficial to the university's Board of Trustees. As a student from multiple universities, paired with her knowledge of higher education and love of Penn State, she is equipped with a unique perspective to bring to the Board.
"While I may no longer be an undergraduate, and while I may not identify with all of the different characteristics the student body at Penn State represents, I genuinely care about making those connections, and hearing what matters to students from all different backgrounds," Goldstein says. "I am excited to work with the various student organizations, and to make myself available to those who may not be affiliated with any organizations, so that I can adequately represent the diverse student body we are fortunate to have at our institution."
Although the position of student trustee is not required under the Penn State Charter or the Board’s bylaws, a student has been one of the six governor-appointed seats since the 1970s. A proposal requiring a student presence was considered but was eventually tabled in May. The change will be considered as part of a larger package of proposed governance reforms.