Gubernatorial Seats on the Board of Trustees

October 8, 2012 at 1:58 pm 7 comments

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Kathleen Casey ’88

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.

The other gubernatorial appointees are Ira Lubert ’73 and Paul Silvis ’06g, whose terms expire next June; and Mark Dambly ’80 and Peter Khoury ’12, whose terms are up in 2014.

Tina Hay, editor

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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Nick Skias  |  October 8, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    Since the state has decreased their funding to Penn State, I don;t know why they have as many seats on the BOT. Time to restructure.

  • 2. John Denne  |  October 8, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    I do not need any context. Freeh recommendation 3.1 should have been followed. Is there any governmental higher-up who is not self-serving in PA? If so, please step forward, and voters, please take care of this fool Corbett. Our school is becoming a laughingstock to the country, if not a model on how not to run a school.

  • 3. Davis  |  October 9, 2012 at 8:17 am

    @Tina, thanks for researching this. Had the same questions myself.

    @Nick, I agree that it’s time for a restructuring of the board. Frankly, though, I want PSU to remain a public university — or become more of a public university, as the extent to which it meets that description has definitely deteriorated over the past decades. I think there should be a quid pro quo here. PSU should get guaranteed and sufficient funding from the state in exchange for reforming the board to reduce the finance and business & agricultural representatives in exchange for more alumni-selected and Commonwealth-selected trustees.

  • 4. LouAnn Kane  |  October 9, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I find it fascinating that the Govenor can nominate a new appointee for the BOT but Chairman Peetz doesn’t feel it necessary to fill the open slot left by the summer resignation of an alumni board member….

  • 5. PSU-ReBOT.org (@psu_rebot)  |  October 21, 2012 at 12:16 pm

    Update: This past week, the Senate declined to take action on the Governor’s nomination. The Governor will need to re-nominate Casey (or someone else) in 2013.

    Source: http://goo.gl/plgRa

  • 6. Tina Hay  |  October 22, 2012 at 10:43 am

    PSU-ReBOT — Thanks for posting this. I had seen a news story saying there weren’t many sessions left on the Senate’s calendar, but didn’t realize that the opportunity was now past and that the Governor has to nominate again. –Tina Hay

  • […] I wrote a bit more about the gubernatorial appointees on the Board of Trustees, including who the others are and when their terms expire, here. […]

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