HARRISBURG – To continue her work with Clarion University, Rep. Donna Oberlander (R-Clarion/Armstrong/Forest) has again been nominated and confirmed to serve on the Council of Trustees at the state-owned university.
Oberlander, an alumna of Clarion, was nominated by the governor for a third term on the university’s governing board, and that nomination for a six-year term was confirmed by the Pennsylvania State Senate on Oct. 17. She was first appointed to the Council of Trustees in 2009 and reappointed in 2012.
“As both a community member and a graduate, I am very proud to once again serve as a trustee for Clarion University, helping it to grow and thrive in the years to come,” said Oberlander. “It has been a pleasure to have worked with previous administrations, fellow trustees, faculty, staff and students over the past several years. We all know Clarion University is a gem in our community, not only providing more affordable access to higher education but also serving as an economic catalyst.”
The Clarion University Council of Trustees is composed of 11 members who, except for the student member, are nominated and appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania with the advice and consent of the Senate.
The powers and duties of the council include the establishment of academic programs and schools for consideration by the State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors; review and approval of annual operating and capital budgets, fees, purchases, and contracts; participation in university and system-wide strategic planning; review and approval of policies and procedures governing the use of university facilities and property; annual inspection of university facilities; and the annual evaluation of the president.
During her most recent term, Oberlander served on the Presidential Search Committee, which ultimately selected Dr. Dale-Elizabeth Pehrsson earlier this year. She has also served on the Facilities, Naming and Nominating committees.
Oberlander graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and this year completed the university’s new opioid treatment specialist certificate program.
“I look forward to collaborating with fellow trustees, administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members to continue to advance the university’s mission,” Oberlander added.
Representative Donna Oberlander
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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