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.)

Election Of Trustees BY THE ALUMNI

The Nomination Phase for the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University will begin on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Three alumni trustees are elected each year for three-year terms. Beginning on January 15, election ballots are automatically sent if:

Those alumni who have previously requested a ballot in the 2018 process do not need to request a nomination ballot again. It will automatically be sent to you beginning on January 15, providing you still have a valid email address on file with the University and it has not changed. The Nomination Phase will continue until 5:00 p.m. (Eastern) on Monday, February 25, 2019.

Ballots will begin transmission via email on January 15. 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.

If you do not meet the above criteria, or have not received the email ballots in past elections, you must 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 2019 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 of 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.  

Organizations are asked to indicate their interest by February 25, 2019. 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.


Applications are now being accepted for the PSU Student Trustee and for at-large members the Student Trustee Selection Committee.

Full-time undergraduate, graduate, and professional students at any Penn State campus interested in being a member of Penn State’s Board of Trustees are asked to submit an application no later than 11:59 PM on February 15, 2019. 

Students at any Penn State campus interested in serving as an at-large member of the Student Trustee Selection Committee are asked to submit an application no later than 11:59 PM on February 8, 2019. 

Application forms and answers to frequently asked questions may be found here.

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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