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About the University Assembly

PennWest University is committed to a shared governance model that fosters open communication among all university stakeholders – students, faculty, staff and administrators – and promotes their active participation in policy development and decision making.

At the heart of this model is the University Assembly. With the exception of areas limited by collective bargaining agreement(s), the assembly will consider and make recommendations regarding all university policies pertaining to academic affairs; student affairs; residence life; facilities; institutional resources; enrollment management; finances and budgets; libraries; athletics; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

The Assembly meets once per month during the academic year. Meetings are held virtually via zoom and are open to all employee and students.  Meeting links, agendas, and minutes are available to all employees and students through myPennWest.

2022/2023 Meeting Schedule

September 27, 2023
October 25, 2023
November 29, 2023
January 31, 2023
February 28, 2023
March 28, 2023
April 25, 2023

2022-2023 Assembly Roster


Dr. Jacqueline Knaust, Chair

James Pflugh, Vice Chair

Cas Byrnes, Secretary


Cindy Stonick, Appointed AFSCME Representative: PennWest California

Katrina Pascuzzo, Appointed AFSCME Representative: PennWest Clarion

Ross Brumagin, Appointed AFSCME Representative: PennWest Edinboro

Kathleen Morouse, Appointed APSCUF Representative: PennWest California

Dr. Joyce Overly, Appointed APSCUF Representative: PennWest Clarion

Dr. Lee Williams, Appointed APSCUF Representative: PennWest Edinboro

Pete Coughlin, Appointed APSCUF Coaches Representative: PennWest California

Heath Calhoun, Appointed APSCUF Coaches Representative: PennWest Clarion

Matt Hill, Appointed APSCUF Coaches Representative: PennWest Edinboro

Dr. Robin Weaver, Appointed Faculty Senate Representative: PennWest California

Dr. Jacqueline Knaust, Appointed Faculty Senate Representative: PennWest Clarion

Dr. Peter Kuvshinikov, Appointed Faculty Senate Representative: PennWest Edinboro

Dawn Bellotti, Appointed OPEIU Representative: PennWest California

Ryan Kempert, Appointed POA Representative: PennWest California

Corporal Shane R. White, Appointed POA Representative: PennWest Clarion

Jacob Machinski, Appointed POA Representative: PennWest Edinboro

James Pflugh, Appointed SCUPA Representative: PennWest California

Dr. Erin Lewis, Appointed SCUPA Representative: PennWest Clarion

Kevin Haft, Appointed SPFPA Representative: PennWest Edinboro

Cassidy Byrnes, Appointed SGA Representative: PennWest California

Sam Shannon, Appointed SGA Representative: PennWest Clarion

Colton Rocco, Appointed SGA Representative: PennWest Edinboro

Dr. Brenda Fredette, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Susanne Fenske, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness and Student Affairs

Fawn Petrosky, Vice President for Finance

Sarah Freed, Interim Vice President for Enrollment

Jim Geiger, Vice President for Advancement and Clarion Campus Administrator

Kelly Repinski, Chief of Staff and Executive Director for University Affairs