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 Election Phase for the Board of Trustees of the Pennsylvania State University will begin on Wednesday, April 10, 2019. Three alumni trustees are elected each year for three-year terms. Beginning on April 10, election ballots are automatically sent if:

Those alumni who have previously requested a ballot in the 2019 nomination process do not need to request an election ballot. It will automatically be sent to you beginning on April 10, providing you still have a valid email address on file with the University and it has not changed. The Election Phase will continue until 9:00 a.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Ballots will begin transmission via email on April 10. 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.


Information has been sent to the Secretaries or Authorized Officers of those agricultural organizations, societies, or associations that have expressed current or past interest in participating in our election process. The next election will take place on May 2, 2019 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.

Each county is entitled to a maximum of three voting delegates to represent all its agricultural societies or associations. Each society/association is required to submit to our office the names of three delegates to represent their organization, along with three alternate delegates, via a Secretary’s Certificate signed by the Secretary and an authorized official. As a reminder, the deadline for these submissions is April 2, 2019. Changes in registration may be made no later than 4:00 p.m., Monday, April 29. Any delegate who has not been  pre-registered through the Secretary’s Certificate may not participate in the election.

We encourage all organizations to caucus as a county prior to the election to select three voting delegates . A common date and time, April 11th at 12:00 p.m., has been determined so that in counties where a caucus is necessary, a coordination and a meeting location can be provided. Please contact our office for a copy of those locations.

A list of candidates will be posted on March 15th. All candidates will be requested to present satisfactory evidence of membership in a society, but they do not have to be a registered delegate. The nominator of a Trustee candidate must be a registered delegate and be present on Election Day. When evaluating candidates for election, please give special consideration to the Statement of Trustee Responsibilities and Expectations of Membership located in the governance provisions on our website listed above.

Registered delegates will need to show their photo ID in order to be admitted into the meeting room on Election Day. Only those delegates that have been pre-registered via a Secretary Certificate will be allowed to register and enter the meeting room on Election Day at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center Thursday, May 2.

If an organization, society, or association is interested in participating in the election process and has not received a Secretary Certificate with election information, contact the Board Office via email (, phone (814) 865-9561, or fax (814) 863-4631.

Please provide the Organization/Association name, Name of Secretary/Authorized Officer, email and phone number, and mailing address.

Election guidelines are outlined in the CharterBylaws, and Standing Orders on Board of Trustees website under Charter, Bylaws & Standing Orders.  





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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