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March 19, 2012
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



PACT elects SRU Trustee John Hicks president        


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – John Hicks, a member of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees and professor emeritus of elementary education, has been elected president of the Pennsylvania Association of Council of Trustees.

           Hicks was named an SRU trustee in 2007 and shortly thereafter became active in PACT, an organization composed of members of the councils of trustees from each of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s 14 member universities.

Trustees are nominated and appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania with the advice and consent of the Pennsylvania Senate.

            The councils are charged with establishing academic programs and schools for consideration by the PASSHE board of governors. They also review and approve annual operating and capital budgets, fees, purchases and contracts; participate in university and systemwide strategic planning; review and approve policies and procedures governing the use of university facilities and property; conduct annual inspections of university facilities; and evaluate university presidents.

Others on the leadership team are Marcus Lingenfelter, an East Stroudsburg University trustee, first vice president; Eli Silberman, a West Chester University trustee, second vice president; Sue Burns, a Clarion University trustee, secretary; and Bill McIlwaine, a Millersville University trustee, treasurer.

            Hicks retired from Slippery Rock University in 2002, following nearly 30 years of service. He attended Brandeis University, John Carroll University, Kent State University and Penn State University. He has experience as a teacher from grade seven through graduate education.           

            Hicks was a teacher, coach and administrator in the schools of East Cleveland, Ohio, and was named "Coach of the Year" by the Cleveland Wahoo Club, following his baseball team’s  Ohio State Championship win.

As an "an advocate for public school teaching,” Hicks has served on a number of boards including ATE and AACTE.

Hicks met his wife, Judith, at SRU. Their children, John and Laura, are both SRU graduates.


Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania’s premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.