Board of Trustees

Recent Penn State graduate, Thon leader Dan Cocco running for trustees post

A recent Penn State graduate who led the university’s dance marathon has announced that he’ll seek an alumni-elected seat on the board of trustees.

Class of 2008 alumnus Dan Cocco said Thursday that his campaign is centered on the future of leadership and student success at Penn State. He said he has secured the minimum 50 nominations needed to appear on the ballot.

Cocco, 29, was the leader of the Interfraternity Council/Panhellenic Dance Marathon in 2008, and he said that working in a complex project and bringing together students, administrators and alumni for it have given him experiences he could use as a trustee. He said students are the most important stakeholders at the university, and that students should always be the focal point.

“I think I understand current students better than current trustees,” he said.

Cocco also said he would look forward to working with whoever is selected to be the next university president, and that he wants to improve alumni networks and get young alumni engaged in the university as soon as possible after they graduate.

Cocco has an undergraduate degree in public relations from Penn State and a master’s in fundraising management from Columbia University. He works as a human resources consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers in Manhattan.

Three alumni-elected seats are up for election in the spring.

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