Gov. Tom Corbett nominates student to Penn State board of trustees

mcarroll@centredaily.comJune 14, 2014 

As expected, Penn State’s board of trustees will have student representation for its July meeting, when future tuition rates will be discussed.

Allie Goldstein, a Penn State student pursuing a doctorate in higher education, was nominated to the board Friday by Gov. Tom Corbett. Goldstein would replace previous Corbett-appointee Peter Khoury, who graduated this spring.

A majority vote of the state Senate is necessary for confirmation to the post.

“Allie is a dedicated student and civic-minded leader who will proudly represent the interests of her fellow students on the board of trustees,” Corbett said in a statement.

“She brings a student-centered focus that is essential in her new role.”

Board members had been discussing whether to add a permanent student member, and the matter was up for a vote at the May meeting in order to ensure that there would be student representation for tuition discussions in July.

But the issue was tabled after the board was assured that Corbett would appoint someone to replace Khoury.

Whether to add a student seat will likely be included in larger talks about board reform. The panel is working with a consultant to determine whether they want to change the board’s size and structure.

Proposed legislation to shrink the board from 30 voting members to 23 recently passed unanimously through a state Senate committee and on to the full Senate for a vote. That proposal does not include a spot for a student.

Goldstein, who also serves as a graduate student delegate for the College of Education and a representative for a Faculty Senate committee, hopes to join the board in July.

“I am glad to hear that the candidate chosen by the student selection committee will be nominated by Gov. Corbett,” Danielle Rhubart, president of the Graduate Student Association, said in a statement.

“This is an exciting day for Penn State students. We look forward to working ahead to codify the student selection process for future student trustees.”

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