Gubernatorial Seats on the Board of Trustees
When Gov. Corbett’s office announced last week that the governor had nominated Kathleen Casey ’88 to the Penn State Board of Trustees, the news only raised more questions for me. Whose seat would Casey take? How long do gubernatorial appointees serve, anyway? When are the terms of the other appointees up?
I had to check with our resident trustees expert, senior editor Lori Shontz ’91, and with Penn State director of public information Lisa Powers, to get it sorted out. I thought you might be interested in what I learned.
Of the 32 members of the Board of Trustees, the governor gets to appoint six. Each serves a three-year term, with the terms staggered so that in any given year, two of those appointees’ terms are expiring. The two gubernatorial appointees whose terms were up on June 30 of this year are Alvin Clemens ’59 and Michael DiBerardinis.
If confirmed by the state senate, Kathleen Casey would take DiBerardinis’ seat. Casey, who has a law degree from George Mason in addition to her Penn State degree, currently works for a Washington, D.C., firm that advises companies on legislative and regulatory issues. Before that, she served a five-year term as a commissioner on the Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Kathy’s financial background, oversight experience, and international perspective will make her an asset to Penn State’s Board of Trustees,” Corbett said in a statement. “I am proud to nominate someone of her caliber.”
As for Clemens’s seat, Gov. Corbett hasn’t yet said whether he intends to reappoint Clemens or name someone to replace him. But, according to Penn State’s Lisa Powers, gubernatorial trustees continue to serve until their seat is filled, so Clemens is still a member of the board for now.
Tina Hay, editor