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About the Council of Trustees

The Pennsylvania Western University Council of Trustees, appointed by the Governor of Pennsylvania and approved by the Senate, are charged are charged with reviewing the administration, fiscal management and physical plant of the university. PennWest University will seat a permanent Council of Trustees in fall 2022.

Transitional Council of Trustees

Appointments were made by the Governor of Pennsylvania for the PennWest transitional council of trustees, in accordance with House Bill 1642. Integrated transitional council members terms began on July 15, 2022, and will serve until September 30, 2022, or upon confirmation of initial members of the PennWest Council of Trustees by the Senate, which ever occurs earlier.

  • Representing the PennWest California Campus: Stephen DeFrank '92, Larry Maggi '79, Barry Niccolai '93, and Justin Nwokeji '05.
  • Representing the PennWest Clarion Campus: J.D. Dunbar '77, '79, Rep. Donna Oberlander '91, Larry Pickett '77, and Neil Weaver '00.
  • Representing the PennWest Edinboro Campus: Mark Bellini '79, Danny Jones '13, Patricia Kennedy '85, and Kathy Pape '75.
  • All three current student trustees also serve on the transitional Council of Trustees:
  • ~Jahneek Fant, PennWest California Campus
  • ~Kathryn Robinson, PennWest Clarion Campus
  • ~John Wheeler, PennWest Edinboro Campus

2022-2023 Meeting Schedule

Meetings of the PennWest Council of Trustees are open to the public. The council’s regular quarterly meetings are held  at the RLA Learning and Conference Center located at 850 Cranberry Woods Dr., Cranberry Twp, PA 16066, and livestreamed on YouTube. The university reserves the right to amend the dates and locations of regular council meetings with appropriate public notice.

Next meeting

The PennWest University Council of Trustees quarterly meeting will be held Wednesday, October 12, at 5 p.m., at the RLA Learning and Conference Center in Cranberry, PA. The public may view the meeting at https://www.youtube.com/c/pennsylvaniawesternuniversity.

Anyone wanting to offer online public comment must preregister by email to presidentsoffice@pennwest.edu no later than Monday, October 11, 2022, 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.


Upcoming meetings

  1. December 14, 2022
  2. March 8, 2023
  3. June 7, 2023

Information: Anna Stewart, Executive Staff Associate and Board Liaison, stewart_a@pennwest.edu

Media contact: Wendy Mackall, mackall@pennwest.edu