About Howley:• Rooms operations manager, Marriott International
• 2012, hotel, restaurant, and institutional management
• From Baltimore
“Grow old along with me — the best is yet to be” sits atop the 1915 class gift, the sundial, on Old Main lawn. This quote will forever remind me of the wonderful years I spent at Penn State, as well as the promising years ahead of me as an alumnus. This quote by Robert Browning was the first thing that came to mind when deciding to run for the board of trustees.
The current board contains presidents, CEOs and other leaders of a multitude of industries. While this is extremely beneficial, it also shows a lack of representation, and with more than 500,000 alumni and several thousands of “millennial” alumni entering the work force each year, it is clear to me that the board of trustees needs representation from this demographic.
During my time at Penn State, I was fortunate enough to sit on the overall committee for the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon. We had our challenges, both internally and externally, but it was apparent that young adults today want to serve a higher purpose and do something for the greater good. In this collaborative position, I made decisions to protect Thon’s integrity while always thinking of the impact those decisions would have on future dance marathons.
Currently, there is too much focus around the board on the past and the decisions that were made in haste during a troubling time. It’s time to get back to focusing on Penn State’s future and the future of its students and alumni.
For the future. For the glory.