Leadership

The presidential search will be led by the Board of Trustees’ Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee. As part of the search effort, the Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group was formed to oversee a range of opportunities for students, faculty, staff and others to get involved in the process and provide feedback as a critical element in the selection process.

A report developed by the Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group has been shared with the Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee and Penn State community.

About the Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee

Co-chaired by Trustees Mark H. Dambly and Julie Anna Potts and aided by the executive search firm Spencer Stuart, the Presidential Recruitment and Selection Committee will recommend final candidates to the Board of Trustees following a thorough recruitment and vetting process to determine a candidate’s academic, administrative and business acumen, as well as other qualities identified.

The 19-member committee includes:

  • Abe Amorós, trustee

  • Erin Boas, undergraduate student

  • Kathleen Casey, trustee

  • Mark H. Dambly, trustee (committee co-chair)

  • Barbara Doran, trustee

  • Lorraine Goffe, vice president for Human Resources

  • Frank Guadagnino, vice president for Administration (executive support)

  • David Han, former academic trustee, professor of surgery, radiology, and engineering design, Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine and College of Engineering

  • Abraham Harpster, trustee

  • Alex Hartzler, trustee

  • Shannon Harvey, director of the Office of the Board of Trustees/Associate Secretary (executive support)

  • Randy Houston, trustee

  • Nina Jablonski, Evan Pugh Professor of Anthropology

  • David Kleppinger, vice chair of the Board of Trustees (chair of the Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group)

  • Ira Lubert, former trustee (donor representative)

  • Bill Oldsey, trustee

  • Julie Anna Potts, trustee (committee co-chair)

  • Walter Rakowich, trustee

  • Nicholas Rowland, academic trustee, professor of sociology, Penn State Altoona

  • Mary Lee Schneider, trustee

  • Matthew Schuyler, chair of the Board of Trustees

About the Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group

Faculty, staff, alumni, students and other stakeholders have played an important role in the process to identify Penn State’s 19th president, and the Next Gen Penn State Advisory Group helped to see that everyone has had a voice in the process. Chaired by Board of Trustees Vice Chair David Kleppinger, the advisory group is comprised of students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and other stakeholders from across the University.

The advisory group will play a vital role in helping the Recruitment and Selection Committee select a leader by listening and weighing considerations from a wide range of stakeholders garnered from survey results, feedback form submissions, and input from small-group conversations.

The 47-member advisory group includes:


  • Francis Achampong, chancellor of Penn State Mont Alto

  • Kathleen Bieschke, vice provost for Faculty Affairs

  • Squire Booker, Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry and of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Richard Bundy, vice president for Development and Alumni Relations

  • Bryan Culler, student trustee

  • Mark H. Dambly, trustee (co-chair of the Presidential Selection and Recruitment Committee)

  • Daniel Delligatti, trustee

  • Valerie Detwiler, trustee

  • Michele Duffy, assistant teaching professor of kinesiology

  • Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor of Penn State Greater Allegheny

  • Robert Fenza, trustee

  • Ronald Filippelli, State College Borough Mayor

  • James Franklin, head football coach

  • Mary Frecker, Riess Chair of Engineering

  • Shaun Gabbidon, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice at Penn State Harrisburg

  • David Gray, senior vice president emeritus for Finance and Business/Treasurer

  • Frank Guadagnino, vice president for Administration (executive support)

  • Laura Guay, undergraduate student

  • Laura Guertin, professor of earth and mineral sciences

  • David Han, trustee

  • Madlyn Hanes, senior vice president for Commonwealth Campuses/Executive Chancellor

  • Marie Hardin, dean of the Bellisario College of Communications

  • Shannon Harvey, director of the Office of the Board of Trustees/Associate Secretary (executive support)

  • Dr. Darrell Kirch, former dean of the Penn State College of Medicine and chief executive officer of Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center

  • David Kleppinger, vice chair of the Board of Trustees (advisory group chair)

  • Clarence Lang, dean of the College of the Liberal Arts

  • Lawrence Lokman, vice president for Strategic Communications

  • John Mason, chancellor of Penn State Harrisburg

  • Keith E. Masser, former trustee (Penn State Health representative)

  • Stephen Massini, chief executive officer of Penn State Health

  • Zack Moore, vice president for Government and Community Relations

  • Bhargava Motupalli, undergraduate student (president of the Penn State Harrisburg Student Government Association)

  • Noe Ortega, trustee

  • Alice Pope, trustee

  • Julie Anna Potts, trustee (co-chair of the Presidential Selection and Recruitment Committee)

  • Tracy Riegel, Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council Executive Board

  • Rick Roush, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences

  • Matthew Schuyler, chair of the Board of Trustees

  • Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs

  • William Sitzabee, vice president of Facilities Management and Planning/Chief Facilities Officer

  • Richard Sokolov, chair of “A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence” fundraising campaign (donor representative)

  • Bonj Szczygiel, associate professor of landscape architecture and women’s studies (chair-elect of University Faculty Senate)

  • Nico Terry, graduate student

  • James B. Thomas, Mount Nittany Health Board Member

  • Steven Wagman, trustee

  • Sean Walsh, undergraduate student

  • Craig Weidemann, retired vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education

  • Lora Weiss, senior vice president for Research

  • Marcus Whitehurst, vice provost for Educational Equity