Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, the alumni group whose reformist candidates swept last year’s alumni trustee election, have selected the three they’ll endorse in this year’s race.
Candidates Robert Jubelirer, Al Lord and Alice Pope were selected out of a field six candidates to receive the endorsement of the Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship voting bloc, the announced Monday.
Jubelirer was a state senator from Blair County for 31 years before losing re-election in the 2006 primary. He also served as lieutenant governor between 2001 and 2003. He lives in Boalsburg.
Lord is a retired CEO of student loan lender Sallie Mae.
Pope is a psychology professor at St. John’s University in New York.
The other three candidates up for the PS4RS endorsement were Rudy Glocker, Gavin Keirans and Vincent Tedesco III.
In a statement, Pope said she was honored to receive the endorsement.
“Over the last two years I have been deeply engaged in the reform movement and have worked closely with Board of Trustees members, legislators and alumni toward creating a more responsive and transparent board,” she said.
The PS4RS endorsement has led to success for candidates in the past two, post-Jerry Sandusky scandal trustee election cycles.
Last year, the group backed Ted Brown, Barbara Doran and Bill Oldsey, and those three won in a landslide over two incumbents and 34 other challengers. In 2012, PS4RS backed Anthony Lubrano, who was able to grab one of the three seats up for election.
Voting starts April 10 and will end May 8.
The university will send ballots to all alumni with an email address on file.