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April 26, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

PACT re-elects Hicks president

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

Hicks, who was named an SRU trustee in 2007, has been active in PACT since his appointment. Pact is 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.

HicksThe councils establish 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 re-elected to PACT's leadership team were 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.

Hicks attended Brandeis University, John Carroll University, Kent State University and Penn State University before joining the SRU faculty. He retired from SRU in 2002 with nearly 30 years of service.

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. He taught at all levels, ranging from seventh grade through graduate courses.

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.