New student, faculty trustees announced
Two new trustees were announced Thursday at the governance and long-range planning committee meeting.
The student trustee who will take office in July will be Luke Metaxas. He was selected after an aggressive screening process.
“I think the process was superb,” said trustee Barbara Doran. “It was very robust and transparent.”
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Committee Chairman Keith Eckel said the process was similar to the selection of gubernatorial appointees. Coincidentally, one of the six gubernatorial appointees is student Allie Goldstein, a member of the governance committee who also took a lead role in developing the student trustee process.
The faculty trustee will be David Han, vice chair for education in the surgery department at Penn State Hershey. A former president of the Penn State Alumni Association, Han was selected by secret ballot by the Faculty Senate and then interviewed by three members of the board of trustees before being recommended.
“I commended the Faculty Senate for a great candidate,” board Chairman Keith Masser said.
The two are the first voting trustees from the two groups, seats approved in November, along with three at-large trustees and a seat for the immediate past president of the alumni association. There selection will put two students and two past presidents on the board.
Penn State shield logo getting update
A group of stakeholders is trying to find an answer.
Vice President for Strategic Communications Lawrence Lokman told the board of trustees outreach, development and community relations committee Thursday that the shield logo, the one with a stylized image of the Nittany Lion shrine and the 1855 reference representing the founding of the university, is a symbol that doesn’t quite work anymore.
“It doesn’t translate well digitally,” he said.
It also gets lost in translation as different departments and groups try to incorporate it into their own icons.
An advisory group made up of representatives from Smeal College of Business, Hershey Medical Center, the alumni association and others will be working with Jerry Kuyper Partners to develop an updated logo.
This does not impact the iconic oval lion silhouette logo.
Lokman said the new shield image should be ready for launch in August.
Bridge budget receives approval
The finance committee approved an interim budget of $4.65 million for the 2015-16 fiscal year.
The bridge budget is passed annually to cover the period between July 1 and the formal adoption of the official budget.
The proposed budget was put in front of trustees in September but is still in limbo as Penn State waits to hear what the state budget entails.
Gov. Tom Wolf has proposed a significant increase in the university appropriation, but the legislature still has to counter that offer.
The final budget is slated for the July meeting.
Airport improvements go to Wis. company
Mead and Hunt, of Middleton, Wis., is being endorsed as architect for improvements to the University Park Airport.
The finance committee accepted the recommendation to name the firm for the $10.6 million project.
Identified needs include regrading and reconstruction of the General Aviation apron and corporate hangar taxi lane; relocation of existing Taxiway D and replacement with a service road; extending Taxiway B; lighting upgrades; and additional rehabilitation or inclusion of pavements, access roads, fencing, water, sewer and storm-water facilities.
An optional alternative would address additional taxiway and pavement work to support more corporate hangars in the future, budget permitting.
University Park Airport is the sixth-largest in Pennsylvania.
— By Lori Falce