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About the Council of Trustees

The Council of Trustees is an active and valuable supporting force for PennWest. The president frequently consults with trustees on university issues and initiatives that are important to the university’s future success. Trustees also help to advance the reputation of Pennsylvania Western University and represent PennWest throughout the state and nation.

Each university in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education is governed by a Council of Trustees whose duties, responsibilities, and powers are set by law, in Act 188.

Like its counterparts throughout the State System, the PennWest Council of Trustees meets at least four times a year and publishes an agenda prior to each meeting. Meetings are open to the public. The Council reflects the university's diverse population and possesses an array of professional expertise.

The composition of PennWest’s Council of Trustees is delineated in Act 188, Section 2008-A:

“The Council of Trustees shall consist of fifteen members who, except for three student members, shall be nominated and appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. At least three (3) members of the fifteen-member Council shall be alumni, one from each institution consolidated. Three (3) members of the Council, one from each institution consolidated, shall be full-time undergraduate students in good academic and disciplinary standing, other than a freshman, enrolled for at least 12 credit hours. The Chancellor is an ex-officio member of the Council.”


View the Council of Trustee Bylaws.



  • Chair
    Kathy L. Pape ’75, Edinboro, is an attorney with Saxton & Stump Lawyers and Consultants, where she co-chairs the firm’s Regulatory and Government Affairs and Business and Corporate groups. Before entering private practice, she was head of American Water’s mid-Atlantic region and president of Pennsylvania American Water. She began her career with the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission, serving in the Office of Consumer Advocate, and as an attorney at General Waterworks.
  • Vice Chair
    Larry Maggi ’79, California, is currently in his fifth term on the Washington County Board of Commissioners, where he is the board’s vice chair. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he served 24 years as a trooper with the Pennsylvania State Police, including 10 years as a criminal investigator with Troop B in Washington County. Before being elected commissioner in 2003, he spent six years as the Washington County sheriff.
  • Secretary
    J.D. Dunbar ’77, ’79, Clarion, is a senior extension educator for Penn State Extension, with more than 30 years of experience as program director for RULE, the Pennsylvania Rural-Urban Leadership Program, based at Penn State. Her career includes community service as director of the Clarion Chamber of Commerce, and roles in communications with the General Electric Co. and as an advertising manager for Paul Weaver Jewelers in Clarion.

Council Members

Barbara Logue, California
Barry Niccolai ’93, California
Rep. Donna Oberlander ’91, Clarion
Larry Pickett ’77, Clarion
Neil Weaver ’00, Clarion
Mark Bellini ’79, Edinboro
Danny Jones ’13, Edinboro
Patricia Kennedy ’85, Edinboro
Sarah Seader, Student Trustee, PennWest California
Kathryn Robinson, Student Trustee, PennWest Clarion
Sonia Yost, Student Trustee, PennWest Edinboro
Daniel Greenstein, Chancellor, ex-officio

Meeting Schedule

Meetings of the PennWest Council of Trustees are open to the public. The Council’s regular quarterly meetings are held in person and livestreamed on YouTube. The university reserves the right to amend the dates and locations of regular council meetings with appropriate public notice.

The 2023 meeting schedule:

January 19, 2023
Start time: 3 p.m.
Location: PennWest California; Convocation Center, North Wing, Room 6/7
Meeting agenda
Watch live on YouTube

Anyone wanting to offer public comment must preregister by email to presidentsoffice@pennwest.edu no later than Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, to receive instructions on how to offer public comment.

For special accommodations, contact the President’s Office (presidentsoffice@pennwest.edu or 724-938-4400) at least 72 hours prior to the meeting.

April 13, 2023
PennWest Clarion

July 13, 2023
PennWest Edinboro

October 12, 2023
RLA Learning and Conference Center, Cranberry Township

Contact Information

Anna Stewart
Executive Staff Associate and Trustee Liaison

Media contact: 
Wendy Mackall