39 candidates seek Penn State board seats

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Penn State Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz answers a question during a public question and answer session in the middle of a meeting of the Penn State Board of Trustees State College, Pa. Penn State trustees on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 approved the process to find a new president and an athletics code of conduct required by the NCAA as part of the penalties for the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Peetz was confident the school would have no trouble finding potential candidates despite the scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2012 file photo, Penn State Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz answers a question during a public question and answer session in the middle of a meeting of the Penn State Board of Trustees State College, Pa. Penn State trustees on Friday, Nov. 16, 2012 approved the process to find a new president and an athletics code of conduct required by the NCAA as part of the penalties for the child sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Peetz was confident the school would have no trouble finding potential candidates despite the scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File) (Gene J. Puskar)
Posted: March 03, 2013

Thirty-nine candidates will vie for three open alumni seats on Pennsylvania State University's 32-member board of trustees, the university announced this week.

That's a crowded field, but not as crowded as last year, when more than 80 candidates competed for three seats in the aftermath of the child sex-abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

This week, ballot positions for the election were determined through a drawing. Penn State alumni will be able to obtain ballots for the election online beginning April 10, Paula R. Ammerman, associate secretary of the board, said in a statement.

Biographical information and statements by each candidate will be available on March 18 on a "Meet the Candidates Page" at http://www.psu.edu/trustees/index.html

Online voting will conclude at 9 a.m. May 2. Trustees serve three-year terms. Nine of the seats are filled by alumni appointments, with three new members being elected each year.

Two of the three incumbents are running for reelection. One is Stephanie Nolan Deviney, a lawyer with Fox Rothschild L.L.P. in Exton, who this year was selected as vice chair of the board. The other incumbent is Paul V. Suhey, an orthopedic surgeon from Boalsburg.

Of the 39 candidates, in addition to Deviney, there are three others from the Philadelphia area. They are: Mark S. Connolly, intellectual property director at the DuPont Co., West Chester; Darlene R. Baker, vice president of operations, PSKW L.L.C., Warminster; and Amy L. Williams, founder and managing director, SageWorks Rx L.L.C., Wayne.


Contact Susan Snyder at 215-854-4693 or ssnyder@phillynews.com. Read her blog, "Campus Inq" at http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/campus_inq

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