Council of Trustees

members of the council of trustees

Members of the Kutztown University Council of Trustees

First row (seated, left to right): Kevin Harden Jr., Esq.; Robert Grim, Esq.; Kenneth Hawkinson, Jim Ludlow; Second row (standing, left to right): Guido Pichini, Sandy Green, Dianne Lutz, Payton Mentzer, Philips Armstrong; Not pictured: Dennis Giorno, Dan Greenstein, Tom Heck

Just as the Board of Governors oversees the entire State System, the 11-member KU Council of Trustees sets broad policy and direction for Kutztown University of Pennsylvania with the assistance of the university president. One of the members of the Council of Trustees is a current student at KU.

At the individual university-level, each university has an 11-member Council of Trustees, which carries out board policy and deals with a variety of local issues. The council must have at least two alumni members and one student representative. Members of the council are appointed by the governor of Pennsylvania for a six-year term and are eligible for reappointment. The chancellor is an ex-officio member of every individual university Council of Trustees in the State System.

The duties, responsibilities, and powers of Kutztown University's Council of Trustees are set by Act 188. The council meets at least six times a year and publishes an agenda held in the university archives. Meetings are open to the public. The council is ethnically diverse and possesses an array of professional expertise. The banking and business industries are well represented, providing the university with the knowledge and skill to fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities. Currently five members are alumni who provide a sense of university history and context.

The council utilizes a committee system that addresses Academic and Student Affairs, and Finance, Property and Audit. Members participate in periodic workshops on topical issues, many relating to fiscal responsibilities, and conduct an annual facilities audit. In addition, the council is part of the Pennsylvania Association of Councils of Trustees, an organization created to provide training in identifying specific powers and duties, to maintain a balance of power among the Board of Governors, councils of trustees, and the administration of the university at the state and local levels, and to assure compliance with existing legislation. During the year, chairpersons of the councils of trustees meet with the chancellor and other senior Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education staff.

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