What You Need to Know for the Board of Trustees Election
At the November meeting of the Board of Trustees’ governance and long-range planning committee, everyone seemed to agree on one thing: There were ways that the process of electing alumni trustees could be streamlined and clarified.
With that in mind, here’s what you need to know for this next election cycle, which runs from mid-January to early May 2014:
—Getting a ballot: Anyone who is a member of the Alumni Association, who has donated to Penn State within the past two years, or who has requested a ballot for either the 2012 or 2013 election will automatically receive an election ballot by email in April. They’ll also receive a nomination ballot by email on Jan. 15. One caveat: You must have a valid email address on file with Penn State (see below).
—How to nominate: When you get the email on Jan. 15, go to the link provided in that email and name whoever you want to nominate. If you do not submit your names, you are able to update your list of names until the nomination period ends on Feb. 25. (Once you hit the “submit” button, though, you won’t be able to add any additional ones.) Alums who receive at least 50 nominations will be contacted by the Board of Trustees office and asked if they are interested in running. If the answer is yes, and if they meet the qualifications to serve on the board, those alums will be added to the ballot.
—How to cast a ballot: The candidates will be announced by Penn State in late February. The election starts Thursday, April 10, and ends at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 8. You will receive a ballot automatically by April 10 if you meet the above criteria. If you get a nomination email, you will get a ballot email.
And here are a couple of procedural details that can make the process easier:
—If you don’t get a nomination form or ballot: If you’re an alum and you don’t get the nomination email on Jan. 15, you can request one in one of two ways: (1) Go to psu.edu/trustees/2014election or (2) call Votenet toll-free at 866-307-0041.
—Update your email: The nomination and ballot emails will go to the latest address on file. Make sure yours is correct by going to alumni.psu.edu/about_us/contact_us/update_info.
To see the official Penn State news release on the process, click here.
Lori Shontz, senior editor