Penn State University Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees of The Pennsylvania State University is the corporate body established by the charter with complete responsibility for the government and welfare of the University and all the interests pertaining thereto including students, faculty, staff and alumni. (See Standing Order VIII of the Charter, Bylaws and Standing Orders for additional information on Governance of the University.)

2020 Election Of Trustees BY THE ALUMNI


The nomination phase of the annual election process begins each year in January.  Beginning on January 15, nomination ballots are automatically sent electronically to Penn State alumni for whom the University has a valid email address on file and who have not otherwise opted out of Penn State communicationsThe nomination phase continues until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on February 25.

Election ballots will begin transmission via email beginning April 10, 2020.   Beginning on April 10, election ballots are automatically sent electronically to Penn State alumni for whom the University has a valid email address on file and who have not otherwise opted out of Penn State communications.  Alumni will have until May 7, 2020 at 9:00 a.m. to cast their vote.

Those alumni who made a nomination, voted or requested a ballot in the 2019 process do not need to request a nomination or election ballot again in 2020. One will automatically be sent to you, providing you still have a valid email address on file with the University and it has not changed. Due to the volume of emails going out, there may be a delay in receiving the email containing ballot credentials. For those who may experience a delay, please check your SPAM or JUNK MAIL folders. Individual settings on personal email accounts or your email provider may potentially block the email transmission. The ballot email will be sent from

In the event you do not receive your ballot within 48 hours, please use the request a ballot link below.

Undergraduate students and Graduate students (who do not have a Penn State undergraduate degree) currently enrolled at the University are not eligible to participate in the election.

Ballots will be processed from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Eastern), Monday through Friday. Please allow a 24-hour turnaround time for processing of this ballot request.

Eligible individuals who do not receive a nomination or electin ballot via email may Request a Ballot.

Complete information on the membership process and qualifications for all trustee elections may be found at Membership Selection.

Information on use of Alumni Records and communication policies may be found at Use of Alumni Records.



We are in the process of updating our database regarding the agricultural organizations, societies, or associations in Pennsylvania in anticipation of the 2020 Agricultural Trustee Elections.

If an organization, society or association is interested in participating in the election process contact the Board Office via email (, phone (814 865-9561), or fax (814 863-4631). When contacting our office, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Name of Organization/Association
  2. Name for the Secretary and Authorized Officer
  3. Phone numbers for Secretary and Authorized Officer
  4. Email addresses for Secretary and Authorized Officer
  5. Mailing address for Secretary and Authorized Officer
  6. Organization mailing address

Election guidelines are outlined in the CharterBylaws, and Standing Orders on Board of Trustees website under Charter, Bylaws & Standing Orders.  You may also use the link:

Organizations are asked to indicate their interest by January 6, 2020. More information will be provided in mid-January to those who have indicated their interest.

Interested candidates: Each candidate must be an active member of an Agricultural Organization. Individual candidates are invited to notify the Secretary of the Board of Trustees by February 25 of each year. The names of the candidates (along with a biographical sketch and position statement for each candidate, the agenda for the meeting, and the governance provisions for the election) will be distributed to the secretaries or other authorized officers of each Agricultural Organization whose contact information is on file with the Secretary of the Board of Trustees in advance of the election in order to better inform the Agricultural Organization delegates.

The Board's Committee on Governance and Long-Range Planning accepted a Skill Set Inventory Report to assist the various trustee electoral and appointment processes.

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