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June 14, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Gov. Corbett nominates SRU trustees

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Gov. Tom Corbett has submitted a list of trustee nominees for a variety of Pennsylvania State System Higher Education universities, including six who would serve at Slippery Rock University.

Nominated to serve as SRU trustees are:

Matthew Lautman, a 1999 SRU political science graduate and senior associate of Houston Harbaugh, a Pittsburgh law firm;

William McCarrier, Butler County commissioner;

Matthew Shaner, chief executive officer and general manager of the Pittsburgh Power, a Pittsburgh-based indoor football team, and CEO of Shaner Investments, from Sewickley;

Jeffrey Smith, Butler city treasurer and supply chain manager for PPG Industries Performance Glazings; and

Mary Jo White, former Pennsylvania senator representing the 21st district, from Oil City.

Robert Taylor, CEO of the Cameron Companies, LLC, a current trustee and member of the PASSHE board of governors, was nominated for reappointment.

The Pennsylvania Senate must confirm the nominations, with action expected this summer.

SRU trustees previously appointed and confirmed by the Senate are:

Robert Marcus, an SRU graduate, president of Marcus Bonding who served 34 years as a teacher and administrator in the Harrisburg School District. His term expires in October 2018;

Thomas Breth is a partner in the Butler County law firm of Dillon McCandless King Coulter & Graham, LLP. His term expires in October 2018;

Dennis Murray, retiring superintendent of the Altoona Area School District and an SRU graduate. His term will expires in January 2015; and

Suzanne Vessella, an auditor with the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission in the Operations Review Department. Her term expires in January 2015.

Current trustees whose terms have either already expired or will soon expire, continue to serve until their replacements are confirmed.

Trustees serving until their replacements are approved by the Senate:

John Hicks, whose term expired January 2013;

Grace Hawkins, whose term expired January 2011;

Eric Holmes, whose term expired January 2013; and

Joshua Young, whose term expired January 2013.

Courtney Baker-Schroat's student trustee term expired at May's graduation.

An SRU student trustee has been nominated to the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for approval and forwarding to Gov. Corbett. Student trustees, who serve until they graduate, only require approval of the governor to be seated.

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.