Alumni Trustee Endorsement Process
PS4RS will be endorsing candidates for the 2013 Alumni Board of Trustees Election. Candidates interested in a PS4RS endorsement are required to fill in the PS4RS Alumni Candidate Questionnaire. The PS4RS Endorsement committee will review the results of the PS4RS Alumni Candidate Questionnaire after the official ballot is announced in early March.
The PS4RS Alumni Election Committee will select the Top Six (6) candidates. The PS4RS Membership At-Large will then vote on the Top Six (6) Candidates in a Primary election to be held the week of March 18 using an online voting tool to determine the top three (3) Candidates that will receive the 2013 PS4RS endorsement. The three candidates that receive the PS4RS endorsement will be announced Monday, March 25, 2013.
The PS4RS Endorsement includes the following:
- The PS4RS Membership will be notified of the three endorsed candidates
- PS4RS will feature the top three candidates on the PS4RS Home Page
- PS4RS will provide a funded advertising campaign for the candidates starting the week of March 25.
The candidates seeking a PS4RS endorsement will be reviewed against the criteria established by the PS4RS Alumni Election Committee. The 2013 Endorsement Criteria
Alumni Candidate Questionnaire
The PS4RS Alumni Candidate Questionnaire will be used to provide background information and will contain a series of questions to inform voting alumni of additional details about the candidates running for the 2013 Board of Trustees. The Alumni Candidate Questionnaire will be an online form. The questions will be developed by the 2013 PS4RS Alumni Election Committee. The committee will review suggestions provided by the PS4RS Membership.
The Alumni Candidate Questionnaire will be available for candidates to complete beginning Monday, February 4, 2013. Candidates may request access to the Alumni Candidate Questionnaire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. PS4RS will publish the results of the questionnaire on the PS4RS website on Monday, February 18. The deadline to have results posted online during the Nomination Period is Friday, February 15 at 5:00 PM EST. All content received by this deadline will be posted online for the membership at large.
2013 Alumni Endorsement Timeline
- January 15 – Nominating ballots are sent to alumni by the Pennsylvania State University
- February 1 – PS4RS Launches the Alumni Candidate Questionnaire
- February 15 – Deadline for candidates to complete Candidate Questionnaire for the Nomination Phase. All content due 5 PM EST.
- February 18 – Completed results of Alumni Candidate Questionnaires post on the PS4RS website.
- February 25 – 5 PM EST Deadline for returning nomination ballots to the Pennsylvania State University.
- Mid March 6 – 5 PM EST Deadline to submit Questionnaires to PS4RS for candidates who did not submit the Questionnaire during the nomination period and would like to be considered for 2013 Endorsement.
- March 18, 2013 – The PS4RS Election Committee Announces the Top 6 candidates, followed by the PS4RS Primary Election to determine the Top 3 candidates.
- March 18 - March 23 at 5 PM EST – PS4RS Members Vote in the PS4RS Primary Election to determine the three PS4RS Endorsed Candidates.
- March 25, 2013 – The three PS4RS Endorsed Candidates are announced.
- April 10 – The official ballots are sent to Alumni for voting by the Pennsylvania State University
- May 2 – 9 AM EST Voting for alumni trustees closes
PS4RS Primary Election
The PS4RS primary election allows the membership at-large to vote on the top six (6) applications received to determine the three (3) candidates who will receive PS4RS endorsement. All members of PS4RS will be able to view the complete applications for the six (6) candidates.
The primary election will be held March 18 - March 23 at PM EST. Members will use an online voting tool to cast their vote for three candidates. Only two votes will be permitted per IP address. PS4RS will announce the candidates after the vote was been verified on March 25, 2013.
Alumni Web Pages
PS4RS will be providing web-space for 2013 Alumni Trustee Candidates who make the official election ballot to educate all university stakeholders on individuals interested in serving on the BoT. Alumni BoT web-pages will be available end of March.
The web pages will share the following information:
- Professional Background
- Current Residence
- Contact Information: Email*
- Contact Information: Phone Number*
- Contact Information: Website*
- Contact Information: Linked In*
- Contact Information: Facebook*
- Contact Information: Twitter*
- Biographical Sketch
- Position Statement
*Candidate contact information will not be posted without candidate's permission
Online Candidate Discussion
PS4RS is featuring candidate discussions at the online PS4RS discussion forum the ELMS. Join our site to participate in the discussions with candidates who will be running for office and learn more about the board of trustees.
2013 PS4RS Endorsed Candidates
PS4RS Endorsed Candidates:
The PS4RS Election Committe has determined the Top 6 candidates from the 29 candidates who completed the Alumni Candidate Questionnaire. The candidates seeking a PS4RS endorsement were reviewed against the criteria established by the PS4RS Alumni Election Committee. The 2013 Endorsement Criteria
The candidates are presented in the order of votes received by the election committee:
2013 Election Committee
The PS4RS Election Committee will be responsible for developing and reviewing the Alumni Candidate Questionnaire submitted for the 2013 PS4RS Alumni Trustee Endorsement. The PS4RS Election Committee will also be responsible for establishing the criteria that will be used to evaluate the candidates who complete the Alumni Trustee Candidate Alumni Questionnaire.
Details on the Election Committtee are included below
In order to apply for the Election Committee the individual must:
- All members must be graduates of the Pennsylvania State University with exception to the student member who must be enrolled at the Pennsylvania State University.
- Committee members will be expected to be available to answer emails, participate in conference calls on weeknights and/or weekends during key committee dates outlined above.
- All members must have access to email.
- All members must be able to operate a computer to access content from an online file share service. The computer must have Adobe in order to be able to open and review the applications.
- Committee members are not permitted to take bribes or offers of favors from candidates or their agents.
- Is not a spouse or family member and has no vested interest in any candidate that is submitting an application to run in the 2013 election.
- Does not intend to run for a BoT position in the 2013 election.
- Will not discuss or relay information of any kind about the potential candidates to anyone outside of the election committee before the top six (6) are selected. If this happens they will be immediately removed and replaced.
The Election Committee will be made up of the following:
- 2 Representatives Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Leadership (two votes) - Christian Marrone (chair) and Elizabeth Morgan
- 2 Representatives Lettermen (two votes) - Franco Harris and Trey Bauer
- 2 Representatives Academic Leaders (two votes) Ethics Professor Kenneth Miller and Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management John O'Donnell
- 2 PS4RS Members At-Large (two votes) - Jared Newman and Diane Yingling
- 1 PS4RS Student Member (one vote) - Jonathan Brandonisio
- Total Votes: 9
Participate on the Election Committee:
The Election committee members will be selected at random from the individuals who complete the application form. The committee members will be announced January 21, 2013.
Election Committee Dates:
- January 15 – Registration Opens for interested Election Committee Members.
- January 18 – Registration closes for interested Election Committee Members at 5 pm EST
- January 21 – Election committee is officially announced.
- January 21-February 1 – Election committee meets to establish Alumni Candidate Questionnaire and to establish the criteria that will be used to review PS4RS Candidates for Alumni Trustee.
- Early March - up to March 22 – Election committee reviews Alumni Candidate Questionnaires and selects the Top 6 candidates. The PS4RS Membership At-Large will then vote in the PS4RS Primary Election on the Top 6 Candidates to determine the 3 Candidates that will receive the 2013 PS4RS Endorsement.
To register for to be considered for the PS4RS Election Committee please complete the PS4RS Alumni BoT Election Committee Registration Form.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Will PS4RS be endorsing candidates for Alumni Trustee?
Yes PS4RS will be endorsing candidates for Alumni Trustee. The candidates receiving PS4RS endorsement will be officially announced on March 25, 2013.
2. Will PS4RS Members participate in the process again this year?
Yes PS4RS members will have the opportunity to participate in the selection process. Members can apply to participate on the Alumni Election Committee. Additionally, the membership at-large will vote in a primary election to select the top three candidates that will receive endorsement from the Top 6 selected by the Alumni Election Committee.
3. How do I vote in the Board of Trustees Alumni BoT Election?
To learn more about voting in the Pennsylvania State University official election
To learn more about voting in the PS4RS Primary Election
4. How can I help with the Alumni BoT Election?
PS4RS is featuring candidate discussions at the online PS4RS discussion forum the ELMS. Join our site to participate in the discussions with candidates who will be running for office.
PS4RS is currently accepting donations to market the Three (3) PS4RS Endorsed Candidates in early April. To Donate
Register to receive PS4RS updates by email to ensure you receive critical information and announcements about the election: PS4RSlistserve@ps4rs.org
Follow the PS4RS Twitter Feed for updates: http://twitter.com/PS4RS
Follow the PS4RS Facebook Page for updates: Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship
4. How do I communicate to PS4RS that I am seeking a Trustee position and am interested in pursuing an endorsement?
Candidates interested in pursuing a 2013 PS4RS Endorsement are asked to fill in the Candidate Interest Form
5. What was the process used to Endorse Candidates?
The process is available on thePS4RS Website
6. Who was on the Election Committee?
2 Representatives Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship Leadership (two votes) - Christian Marrone (chair) and Elizabeth Morgan
2 Representatives Lettermen (two votes) - Franco Harris and Trey Bauer
2 Representatives Academic Leaders (two votes) Ethics Professor Kenneth Miller and Assistant Professor of Hospitality Management John O'Donnell
2 PS4RS Members At-Large (two votes) - Jared Newman and Diane Yingling
1 PS4RS Student Member (one vote) - Jonathan Brandonisio
7. How were the election committee members selected?
PS4RS put out a request for volunteers in early January. The volunteers were selected at random from each category from those that expressed interest.
8. What Criteria was used to select the candidates?
The criteria developed by the committee is available here: The 2013 Endorsement Criteria
9. Did the PS4RS membership contribute to the criteria?
The PS4RS membership had an opportunity to provide suggestions to the committee in early January. The committee used that information as part of their discussions to develop criteria.
10. Which candidates are featured on the PS4RS Primary Election Ballot?
The Top 6 candidates selected by the Election Committee are the only candidates that will be featured on the PS4RS Primary Ballot.
11. How are the three endorsed candidates selected?
The PS4RS Membership (Alumni, Students, Friends and Supporters of Penn State) votes in the primary election to determine the three candidates that will receive the PS4RS Endorsement. The three candidates that receive the most votes receive the 2013 PS4RS Endorsement.
12. Who is allowed to vote in the PS4RS Primary Election?
Any interested Penn Stater may vote in the PS4RS primary election. The PS4RS membership includes alumni, students, friends and supporters of Penn State. The largest percentage of membership is Penn State alumni.
13. How are the PS4RS Primary Election votes counted?
Multiple data collectors are being utilized to collect votes from multiple streams. The results are filtered so that two votes are counted per IP address. If multiple votes are submitted per IP address, only the first two votes submitted will be counted. All other votes will be void.
14. Will the results of the 2013 primary election be published?
The results of the 2013 primary election will be presented in a similar manner to the 2012 results. Alumni Trustee Results/p>
2012 Alumni Election
Details from the 2012 Elections: