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

PennWest’s Council of Trustees consists of 15 members who, except for three student members, are appointed by the Pennsylvania’s governor and approved by the state Senate.

Powers and Duties of Trustees 

  1. Make recommendations to the chancellor for appointment and retention of the president.
  2. Assist president in developing proper relations and understanding between the institution and its programs and the public.
  3. Review and provide input to the president on facility policies and procedures.
  4. Approve schools and academic programs.
  5. Review and approve the university’s annual operating and capital budgets.
  6. Review and approve charges for tuition, room and board, and other student fees.
  7. Review contracts and purchases negotiated by the president.


View the Council of Trustee Bylaws.

Kathy L. Pape ’75, Chair
Larry Maggi ’75, Vice Chair
J.D. Dunbar ’77, ’79, Secretary
Sarah Seader
Student Trustee, California
Kathryn Robinson
Student Trustee, Clarion
Sonia Yost
Student Trustee, Edinboro
Barbara Logue
Barry Niccolai ’93
Rep. Donna Oberlander ’91
Larry Pickett ’77
Neil Weaver ’00
Mark Bellini ’79
Patricia Kennedy ’85
Danny Jones ’13
Dr. Daniel Greenstein, Ex-Officio
State System Chancellor


The council’s regular meetings are held in person and livestreamed here.

If you wish to provide public comment at an upcoming meeting, email the board liaison at least 24 hours prior the meeting to be added to the public commenter list.


October 12, 2022

Meeting agenda
Meeting minutes
Watch on YouTube

January 19, 2023
Meeting agenda
Meeting minutes
Watch on YouTube

April 13, 2023
Start time: 3 p.m.
Location: PennWest Clarion; Gemmell Student Center
Meeting agenda
Watch live on YouTube

Anyone wanting to offer public comment must preregister by email no later than Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2023, to receive instructions on how to offer public comment.

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

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