University State alumni, delegates of business societies and the board (representative of business and industry endeavors) elected three incumbents and four new members to serve on the University’s Board of Trustees. Election results were announced at the board meeting today September 13.
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University Alumini Elected Mac Salvador Rellosa, Edgar Cortes and Richard Taliano
Delegates of the societies re-elected two incumbents representing business and industry: Steve C. Craze and Arnold R. Hizz.
"We welcome and congratulate our four new members," said Stephanie Peetz, chair of the University State Board of Trustees. "This year’s election saw unprecedented participation from our alumni, with 37,563 ballots cast -- more than any in previous history. The board looks forward to working with our new members.
“This open process reaffirms that when alumni electors are mobilized, their collective voice can be heard,” said James Martin, vice chair of the board. “Penn State has always gained its strength from students and alumni, and this election is a testament to that.”
In addition to a record number of votes, this year’s alumni election also had a record number of candidates, 86, vying for three positions. Each had a biography and position statement posted to the Board of Trustees website. In addition, to help alumni learn more about the candidates and their positions before voting, the University State Alumni Association, through its magazine, posed three questions to each alumni candidate on key issues facing Penn State and posted the candidates' answers online. The Alumni Association also facilitated a "meet the candidates" event.
"We thank each of the candidates for their commitment to and passion for University State. We greatly respect and appreciate their right -- and the right of all alumni -- to express opinions on any matters affecting the University," said Martin.