LEMONT FURNACE, Fayette County — Local entrepreneur Paul Silvis was elected Friday to serve as the vice chairman of Penn State’s board of trustees.
Silvis won the office over sophomore trustee and Navy SEAL Ryan McCombie after a secret ballot.
The winner needed a majority of the 27 trustees who voted, but the winning margin was not announced.
Silvis said board Chairman Keith Masser asked him to run for the office.
“There’s a time when you’re called to step up, and this was the time,” said Silvis, who got his MBA from Penn State in 2006.
Silvis will serve as the vice chairman for the next six months as he finishes out the term of former vice chairwoman Stephanie Deviney, who lost her re-election bid in this spring’s alumni trustee election that saw three reform candidates win in a landslide.
Deviney’s defeat was significant in that it opened up the seat that has served as the next in line to take over as the board chair.
Silvis is the founder and president of SilcoTek Corp. He was appointed to the board in 2010 by then-Gov. Ed Rendell.
McCombie won election to the board last year, in the first race in the aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Trustee Linda Strumpf had considered running for the vice chair seat, but she decided to withdraw her candidacy.