Student Trustee Unanimously Approved

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA – On Friday, June 13 2014, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett announced his nomination of Ms. Allison Goldstein to serve as the Student Trustee on the Penn State Board of Trustees. Ms. Goldstein will be succeeding Peter Khoury, who served as the Student Trustee from November 2011 through his graduation in May of 2014. On June 30, 2014, Ms. Goldstein was unanimously approved by the Pennsylvania Senate to serve in this capacity.

On behalf of the three Student Government Associations of the Pennsylvania State University, representing over 98,000 students, it is with great pleasure that we offer our support of Governor Corbett’s appointment of Ms. Goldstein, and are thrilled at the news of her unanimous Senate approval.

The selection of Ms. Goldstein marks a critical step for student representation on the Board. A Trustee Selection Committee comprised of student leaders and other University community members convened throughout the spring of 2014 to review applications, interview candidates, and provide a recommendation to the Governor for the Student Trustee appointment. After a comprehensive review process, the student selection committee unanimously decided to recommend Allison Goldstein to serve as the new Student Trustee.

Throughout the selection process, Ms. Goldstein demonstrated great poise, knowledge, and a thorough understanding of Penn State. Her experience in higher education, paired with her passion for Penn State, have equipped her to be successful in her new role of as the Student Trustee. Additionally, Goldstein’s experience as Chairperson of the National Association of College and University Residence Halls Incorporated shows her ability to represent the interest of students on a large scale, among a myriad of options and opinions.

The selection of Allison Goldstein by both the student-lead selection committee and Governor Corbett proves that a student-driven selection process is not only feasible, but also optimal for the best interest of the student body and the Board. We are grateful that Governor Corbett selected the candidate recommended by students, and we will continue to advocate for the codification of this process to ensure a permanent student-selected student trustee position in order to effectively guarantee that the student voice is always included on Penn State’s Board of Trustees.


Anand R. Ganjam

President, University Park Undergraduate Association

Cell: 717.542.8987 | Email:

John Shaffer

President, The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments

Cell: 814­421­1787 | Email:

Danielle Rhubart

President, Graduate and Professional Student Association

Cell: 315­408­8637 Email: Rhubart@psu

Recent Healthcare Committee Letter to Administration

Healthcare Letter 6.30

On June 30th, the G(P)SA Healthcare Committee submitted this letter to Executive Vice President and Provost Nick Jones. To read the full letter, click here. We are still waiting for a response.


Celebrate 4th Fest with the GPSA!!

The GPSA is celebrating the birth of The United States of America in style by hosting a tailgate at 4th-Fest, open to all graduate and professional students and their families!

We will kick off the fun at 6PM and get everyone good and ready for the fireworks display which begins at 9:15PM. Snacks and drinks will be provided, but be sure to bring your chair or a blanket. Please RSVP here. Come out and enjoy the fun and indulge your inner patriot!

Welcome to our new website!!!

On July 1st we launched our new website in conjunction with the official change of our name from the Graduate Student Association to the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA). Please take a look around our website for resources, upcoming events, and ways for you to get involved!


Danielle C. Rhubart
GPSA President