UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – On Friday, June 13 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced his nomination of Ms. Allison Goldstein to serve as the Student Trustee on the Penn State Board of Trustees. Ms. Goldstein will be succeeding Peter Khoury, who served as the Student Trustee from November 2011 through his graduation in May of 2014. On June 30, 2014, Ms. Goldstein was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve in this capacity.
On behalf of the three Student Government Associations of the Pennsylvania State University, representing over 98,000 students, it is with great pleasure that we offer our support of Governor Corbett’s appointment of Ms. Goldstein, and are thrilled at the news of her unanimous Senate approval.
The selection of Ms. Goldstein marks a critical step for student representation on the Board. A Trustee Selection Committee comprised of student leaders and other University community members convened throughout the spring of 2014 to review applications, interview candidates, and provide a recommendation to the Governor for the Student Trustee appointment. After a comprehensive review process, the student selection committee unanimously decided to recommend Allison Goldstein to serve as the new Student Trustee.
Throughout the selection process, Ms. Goldstein demonstrated great poise, knowledge, and a thorough understanding of Penn State. Her experience in higher education, paired with her passion for Penn State, have equipped her to be successful in her new role of as the Student Trustee. Additionally, Goldstein’s experience as Chairperson of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated shows her ability to represent the interest of students on a large scale, among a myriad of options and opinions.
The selection of Allison Goldstein by both the student-lead selection committee and Governor Corbett proves that a student-driven selection process is not only feasible, but also optimal for the best interest of the student body and the Board. We are grateful that Governor Corbett selected the candidate recommended by students, and we will continue to advocate for the codification of this process to ensure a permanent student-selected student trustee position in order to effectively guarantee that the student voice is always included on Penn State’s Board of Trustees.
Anand R. Ganjam
President, University Park Undergraduate Association
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President, The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments
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President, Graduate Student Association
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