The Graduate and Professional Student Body President works with different offices across Penn State to help graduate and professional students, including the University President and the Vice President for Student Affairs. The Graduate and Professional Student Body President sits on various decision making boards including the Board of Trustees (non-voting), Alumni Council, and the Student Fee Board.
The Vice President of GPSA works extensively with the various Committees in GPSA to ensure that they are working hard on projects and activities benefiting graduate students. As well, he or she serves as the Chair of all General Assembly Meetings and in numerous roles assigned by the President.
The Treasurer is the elected chief financial officer of the GPSA and is responsible planning the budget, managing expenses and recording fiscal transactions for the Assembly. He/she is also the organization’s primary liaison to the Office of Associated Student Accounts (ASA). The GPSA Treasurer is responsible for tracking the expenses and budget for the Graduate and Professional Student Association.
The Secretary is responsible for taking minutes at the GPSA assembly meetings, reporting them to the graduate and professional student body, and disseminating all pertinent information that affects Graduate and Professional Students through our GPSA Newswire. The Secretary also keeps the website up-to-date so that it is an accurate source of information for graduate and professional students.
The Faculty Senator serves as the Graduate School’s official student representative to the University Faculty Senate (UFS). The UFS deals with issues regarding academics and programs along with the policies governing them at Penn State.
Adviser (non-voting): Dr. Adam Christensen (email@example.com)
The Adviser guides the graduate and professional student government through their advice on leadership, their commitment to service, and their knowledge of Penn State.
Dr. Christensen is the Director of Student Affairs Research and Assessment at Penn State.
Chair of the Graduate Council Student Caucus:
Through GPSA, the graduate student body elects five members to serve on the decision making body for the Graduate School. Only the Chair of the Student Caucus (internally elected) serves on the Executive Board, but all student Graduate Council members are considered members of GPSA and are elected each year during the GPSA elections.
Other Council Members:
Arghajeet Saha, Agricultural Science (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hannah Nolte, Engineering (email@example.com)
Nathaniel Schermerhorn, Liberal Arts (firstname.lastname@example.org)