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Penn State Presidential Search

Presidential Search and Screen Committee

On January 18, 2013, trustee Karen Peetz, chair of the board’s Presidential Selection Council, announced the membership of the Search and Screen Committee.

It is composed of nine faculty members; one staff member; two academic deans; one vice president; two undergraduate students and one graduate student; and one representative each from the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and the Alumni Association.

“The search for a new president is one of the most significant instances of shared governance in the life of a university and we are committed to an inclusive process that involves an encompassing collection of individuals,” Peetz said.

“While the Board of Trustees has the ultimate responsibility for selection of a president, the process is one of consultation and input from those who have a vested interest in Penn State’s next leader.

“This newly named Presidential Search and Screen Committee will bring a diverse and distinct array of opinions to the table to help determine which candidates have the best academic leadership and administrative skills to be Penn State’s 18th president.”

Committee Members

Ann (Nan) Crouter

Ann (Nan) Crouter

Committee Chairwoman;
Dean, College of Health and Human Development

Daniel Hagen

Daniel Hagen

Committee Vice Chairman;
Executive Director, University Faculty Senate; Professor of Animal Science, College of Agricultural Sciences

Jalon Alexander

Jalon Alexander

Undergraduate Student, Letters, Arts and Sciences


Brian Aynardi

Brian Aynardi

Graduate Student Association University Faculty Senate Representative; graduate student, Plant Pathology and Environmental Microbiology

Larry Backer

Larry Backer

Chair (2012-13), University Faculty Senate; Professor of International Affairs and Law, The Dickinson School of Law

Robert Edwards

Robert Edwards

Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature, College of the Liberal Arts


Shaun Gabbidon

Shaun Gabbidon

Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice, Penn State Harrisburg

David Hall

David Hall

Dean, College of Information Sciences and Technology; Past-Chair, Academic Leadership Council

David Han

David Han

Associate Professor of Surgery and Radiology, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center


Madlyn Hanes

Madlyn Hanes

Vice President for Commonwealth Campuses

Thomas Mallouk

Thomas Mallouk

Evan Pugh Professor of Materials, Chemistry, and Physics, Eberly College of Science

Katelyn Mullen

Katelyn Mullen

President, University Park Undergraduate Association; undergraduate student, Supply Chain and Information Systems


Brian Orland

Brian Orland

Distinguished Professor of Landscape Architecture, College of Arts and Architecture

Margaret Slattery

Margaret Slattery

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering; Undergraduate Program Coordinator in Bioengineering, College of Engineering

Kathleen Smarilli

Kathleen Smarilli

Immediate Past Chair, Penn State Alumni Association; Partner, Murphy McCormack Capital Advisors


Coquese Washington

Coquese Washington

Head Coach, Lady Lions Basketball

Timothy Whitehill

Timothy Whitehill

Applications System Analyst Manager, University Budget Office

Brenton Yarnal

Brenton Yarnal

Chair (2013-14), University Faculty Senate; Professor of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences