Andrew S. Longacre, of Danielsville, a Safety Sciences and Political Science major with a minor in Environmental Health Science, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett as the student member of the IUP Council of Trustees.
Longacre’s appointment was finalized May 31, 2011. Currently a junior at IUP, Longacre will serve in the role of student trustee until his graduation in 2013.
“The student representative on the Council of Trustees offers an important and unique perspective in discussions and decision making,” Dr. David Werner, interim president, said. “Because he has an equal voice and vote on this governing board, Andrew will play a very important role in the ongoing growth and success of this university.”
Other members of the Council of Trustees are community volunteers appointed by the governor to be responsible for financial oversight and ensuring compliance of university policies with state law. The Council of Trustees meets quarterly and other times as needed.
“I am genuinely excited to continue serving IUP as the student member of the Council of Trustees,” Longacre said. “This is a highly distinguished opportunity, and I am honored to have been chosen to fill this position. I am confident that my leadership experience, knowledge of the university governance, and enthusiasm I have for IUP will enable me to act in the best interest of this great institution.”
He is a student senator and vice chairman of the University Senate and chairman of the Student Government Association House of Representatives. A member of the Student Government Association since Fall 2009, he was elected vice president of the association for the 2010–2011 academic year. He also serves as a Finance Committee member and board treasurer for the Student Cooperative Association Board of Directors.
He is a founding father and current parliamentarian of Phi Delta Theta fraternity (Pennsylvania Lambda colony).
Longacre is a member of the IUP Ambassadors, the university’s student group that links current and prospective students, faculty and staff members, and alumni, and is the social chairman of the IUP chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers. He is also a member of the IUP varsity track and field team.
The son of Charles and Pamela Longacre, of Danielsville, Longacre is a 2009 graduate of Northampton Area Senior High School. While in high school, he received the AP Scholar with Honor recognition and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009. He was the student Patroller of the Year for the 2009–2010 academic year for the eastern Pennsylvania region of the National Ski Patrol.