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PSU alumni council ballot still short two names

Two more names are supposed to be added to the ballot for the Penn State Alumni Association’s alumni council.

But they aren’t there quite yet.

Check out the PSAA web page for the election, and you see a list of 30 names of people vying for the 10 available seats on the 86-member body.

But Elizabeth Morgan and James Higgins Smith Jr. are not included.

The two were among a small group of alumni who applied to be included on the council but were initially denied a spot on the ballot. Smith filed a lawsuit challenging the decision in Centre County court.

On March 23, the PSAA responded in a letter to Smith and subsequently included that communication in a court filing. In it, the association said that Morgan and Smith would be included on the ballot and asked that the lawsuit be dismissed with prejudice because Smith’s demands had been met.

Executive Director Roger Williams told the Centre Daily Times that he hopes the situation will be resolved soon.

“We are still waiting to hear from his attorney on final disposition,” Williams said.

When asked if this means the two candidates will not be included if Smith does not agree to the lawsuit coming to an end, Williams could not answer.

“I’m not sure I can get into that. Our attorneys are working with his attorney,” he said

Smith has said he has not yet decided how he will proceed but is looking down the road to a court appearance.

“I’m disappointed to see the the PSAA is not living up to the commitment it had made in Roger’s letter and that the Executive Committee is continuing to hinder my campaign as well as Dr. Morgan’s. We are headed to court on the 29th of this month to correct this,” he said.