July 6, 2010
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Governor names student to seat on SRU trustee council
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Brandon Maharaj, a Slippery Rock University exercise science major from Indiana, Pa., has been appointed to the University's Council of Trustees by Gov. Edward Rendell.
Maharaj's appointment, signed Tuesday, expires June 29, 2014, or upon his undergraduate graduation from SRU. He will formally join the council at its next meeting.
Student trustees, who have full voting rights on the council, are appointed by the governor following a campus search and recommendation by the campus president to the chancellor of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education and the governor.
In making Maharaj's recommendation, Robert Smith, SRU president, wrote, "Mr. Maharaj is an exceptionally well-qualified candidate for the student trustee position."
"I am extremely pleased to have been selected by the governor to serve at Slippery Rock University. I hope to use the position to bring the student viewpoint to council discussions. I view the role of a Slippery Rock University trustee to be to continue the betterment of the University. I have and always will seek to help improve the University that is offering me so much."
"My top priority as a member of the council will be for me to be seen as a pathway of communication between the school and council. I hope I will be able to fill the shoes left by my predecessor and help improve an already great school," he said.
The SRU junior has been active in the Green & White Society where he served as vice president of traditions. The society is a select group of students who serve as ambassadors committed to increasing school spirit on campus and maintaining alumni contact. He has also served as a desk/residence assistant in the ROCK Apartments.
Maharaj has earned Level 1 and 2 Compass Leadership Certification by participating in a variety of programs and workshops offered by SRU's Center for Student Involvement and Leadership. Within the center, he has served as a peer mentor, including work in mentoring freshman students about campus life.
A 2008 graduate of Indiana Area High School, Maharaj was captain of the senior football team, captain and a four-year all-academic wrestler, and captain of the track and field team. He was treasure of the school's Key Club and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in Boy Scouts of America Troop 29 in Indiana.
One letter of recommendation supporting Maharaj's appointment cited him as "clearly one of the top three students in non-major English classes that I have had in the last five years. His writing and critical thinking skills are always exceptional, and the depth with which he handles complex issues is laudatory. I have been most impressed with Brandon's intellectual curiosity and his breath of academic and political interests. Specifically to this position, he is truly a student devoted to presenting student's views."
Another recommendation cited his "great amount of self-confidence, leadership and maturity while working with students, the college administration and the faculty to create a system of open dialogue� Brandon's innovative, big-picture thinking and his ability to thoughtfully question the meaning behind different actions proved highly valuable to those organizations, and their success."
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