Our View | Study alumni candidates for Penn State board of trustees, then vote for vision

March 2, 2013 

  • Trustee candidates

    Here is the official list of candidates who will appear on the ballot for the alumni election to the Penn State board of trustees. They are listed according to the ballot positions drawn Feb. 28.

    1. Kathleen A. Pavelko, president and CEO, WITF, New Cumberland.

    2. Pratima Gatehouse, vice president, Production Design, Avalon Partners, Short Hills, N.J.

    3. Eugene J. Bella, retired, Murrysville.

    4. Paul V. Suhey, orthopedic surgeon, Martin & Suhey Orthopedics, Boalsburg.

    5. Thomas A. Conley, Air Force pilot, District of Columbia Air National Guard, Washington, D.C.

    6. John W. Diercks, retired, United States Air Force, State College.

    7. Edward “Ted” B. Brown III, president/CEO, KETCH Consulting Inc., State College.

    8. Rudolph K. Glocker, managing partner, Pediped Footwear, Henderson, Nev.

    9. Christopher J. Bartnik, senior vice president, East Region Benefits Leader, Wells Fargo & Co., Chantilly, Va.

    10. Vincent J. Tedesco Jr., director, Lockheed Martin Corp., State College.

    11. William J. Cluck, attorney, Law Offices of William J. Cluck, Harrisburg.

    12. Stephanie Nolan Deviney, attorney at law, Fox Rothschild LLP, Exton.

    13. John M. Mason Jr., associate provost & vice president for research, Auburn University, Auburn, Ala.

    14. Robert J. Bowsher, writer and accountant, San Diego, Calif.

    15. Doreen Ulichney Schivley, retired speech therapist and special education teacher, Kent County Board of Education, State College.

    16. J. Andrew Weidman, chairman, Reinsel Kuntz Lesher LLP, Reading.

    17. Ben J. Novak, retired, Ave Maria, Fla.

    18. O. Richard Bundy, president and CEO, University of Vermont Foundation, South Burlington, Vt.

    19. Matthew A. Bird, project controls manager, Bechtel Group, Gettysburg.

    20. Frederik O. Riefkohl, senior vice president, CSA Group, Annapolis, Md.

    21. Mark S. Connolly, intellectual property director, E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., West Chester.

    22. Barbara L. Doran, wealth advisor, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, New York, N.Y.

    23. Darlene R. Baker, vice president of operations, PSKW LLC, Warminster.

    24. Robert J. Hooper, president/chair of the board, Vermont State Employees Association, Burlington, Vt.

    25. Amy L. Williams, founder and managing director, SageWorks Rx LLC., Wayne.

    26. Robert N. Grimes, chairman, CEO and president, ConStrata Tech Consulting, Potomac, Md.

    27. Jeffrey N. Goldsmith, account executive, Premium Card Solutions, Harrisburg.

    28. David K. Mullaly, retired teacher, Annapolis, Md.

    29. Robert P. McKinnon, founder, GALEWILL Design, Inc., Hastings on Hudson, N.Y.

    30. Ted J. Sebastianelli, retired, deputy HR director, Military District of Washington D.C., State College.

    31. Christopher R. Owens, mobile banking manager, Pennsylvania State Employees Credit Union, Mechanicsburg.

    32. Gregory A. Slachta, MD, retired urologic surgeon, Ridgeland, S.C.

    33. Charles R. Mazzitti, president, Mazzitti & Sullivan E.A.P. Services, Elizabethtown.

    34. Gregory “Sandy” S. Sanderson, CEO, CollClub Sports, Pittsburgh.

    35. Robert C. Jubelirer, partner, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel, Boalsburg.

    36. William F. Oldsey, operating partner, Atlas Advisors, Basking Ridge, N.J.

    37. Patrick J. Howley, Baltimore, Md.

    38. Ryan M. Bagwell, senior interactive developer, Hirshorn Zucherman Design Group, Middleton, Wis.

    39. Scott T. Kimler, owner, ST Consulting, Ladysmith, British Columbia, Canada

The ballot is set for Penn State alumni voting for three seats this year on the university’s board of trustees.

Now comes the fun, as candidates pitch their visions for the university and outside groups and individuals weigh in on the process.

Those elected to the board, whether they are incumbents or newcomers, will be involved in a key period for Penn State. The next university president will be selected, board structural changes will be considered, and Penn State will continue to evolve in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Many, including some members of the board, have voiced opposition to the Freeh report on Penn State’s role in the scandal, and the NCAA sanctions that followed.

The level of discontent has not been diminished since last year’s trustees elections.

Each of the 39 alumni candidates secured the required 50 nominations and will be campaigning to join Penn State’s governing board.

Voting begins April 10.

We urge Penn State graduates to consider all of the candidates, to study their views and backgrounds, and vote for those who show the most promise for helping lead Penn State into the future.

Of course, given all that has transpired, the best course for Penn State will mean different things to different alumni voters.

The 2012 alumni election was the first after the Sandusky scandal broke, and the first after the firing and death of head football coach Joe Paterno.

More than 37,500 votes were cast in that election.

Since then, new moments have included Sandusky’s conviction, the release of the Freeh report, the removal of the Paterno statue at Beaver Stadium, the NCAA sanctions against the university and the recent release of the Paterno family’s counterpoints to the Freeh findings.

Although the number of candidates for the board is down significantly from last year, the 39 still represents a figure well above normal.

The list includes folks who live in Pennsylvania and candidates who do not. One contender hails from Canada. Several live and work in the State College region.

Dr. Paul Suhey, of Boalsburg, and Philadelphia-area lawyer Stephanie Deviney are the lone incumbents seeking re-election.

Steve Garban had previously resigned from the board and his seat is open.

A full list of candidates accompanies this editorial. You’ll read more about them in news stories and their own advertisements in the coming weeks in the CDT and at CentreDaily.com.

We know it will be interesting drama, akin to what transpired last spring, when three newcomers — Anthony Lubrano, Ryan McCombie and Adam Taliaferro — won seats.

If you are a Penn State alum, whom will you support for Penn State’s board of trustees?

Now is the time to get involved.

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