Penn State trustees elected Keith Masser board chairman Friday. Mr. Masser, left, is a Central Pennsylvania potato farm executive who became vice chairman in 2012.
By Karen Langley Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Trustees of Penn State University moved toward new leadership Friday with the election of a new board chairman and the naming of a committee to select the next university president.
The trustees elected Chairman Keith Masser, a Central Pennsylvania potato farm executive who became vice chairman in 2012. He replaces Karen Peetz, who did not seek re-election after she was promoted to president of BNY Mellon, a New York investment company.
Trustee Stephanie Deviney, a Chester County attorney who practices commercial litigation, was elected vice chairwoman.
The board also announced the membership of a committee to select Penn State's next president. University President Rodney Erickson, who took office in November 2011 after the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal became public, has announced he will retire by the end of June 2014.
Ms. Peetz, who chairs a council overseeing the selection process, named the 18 committee members, who include nine faculty members, one staff member, two academic deans, one vice president, two undergraduate students, one graduate student, a representative of the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and a representative of the Alumni Association.
Nan Crouter, dean of the College of Health and Human Development, will chair the Presidential Search and Screening Committee.
In the coming months, the board is likely to consider several changes to university governance. The Committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning will likely review the length of time university employees must wait before becoming eligible to serve as a trustee, and vice-versa, as well as the membership and voting status of the governor and university president on the board of trustees, said committee chairman James Broadhurst.
The committee expects to meet at least twice in the next two months and have a preliminary set of recommendations on governance issues in March, Mr. Broadhurst said. Those recommendations would be reviewed by the full board then and in May, he said.