John Shaffer endorses Laurie Stanell for Board of Trustees

By April 3, 2018 News

Elections for the Penn State Board of Trustees are right around the corner, with ballots being emailed on April 10. As someone who loves Penn State and bleeds Blue and White I know the importance of the board and their role in shaping the direction of our great University. But I’ve also become concerned about the direction the board has taken over the past few years.

I know many people don’t vote, or simply pick the names that seem familiar to them. That’s why I feel it’s important to get involved in this election and throw my support behind Laurie Anne Stanell for Penn State University Trustee.

I know Laurie personally. We serve on Alumni Council together and just like in school, we get to sit together based on alphabetical order. And that is what has really given me a chance to get to know Laurie. The opportunity to just sit and chat about our love and concern for Penn State has given me insight into the person that Laurie really is. I’m not just reading a position statement or a “What I will do list” about a candidate. I am getting an inside look at what makes Laurie tick and why she would be a great addition to the Board of Trustees. I also know, and have witnessed, that Laurie will “speak up” for what she believes in.

There has not been a time Laurie has not been involved with Penn State. As a student, she was the Vice President of the Penn State Panhellenic Council. As an alum, with the Buck County Chapter and now on Alumni Council. As a daughter, granddaughter, wife and mother, she’s part of a long line of Penn State graduates.

As alumni, we want to feel as though we have a voice and an ear on the Board of Trustees. And I truly believe that Laurie will be both. And a champion for this great University.

I also want to reach out to those alumni, like me, who’ve moved away from Pennsylvania. You may feel like you don’t have a connection to the candidates because you are too far away to get some face time. It’s another reason I feel it is important to throw my support behind Laurie. I know her. I trust her. And I hope through me, you will feel the same.

For those of you that know me, you know I don’t often throw my support behind an individual candidate. And when I do, I take it very seriously. In Laurie’s case, I really believe it is important to make sure she gets a seat at the Trustee’s table.

I am asking you to join with me, and when you receive your ballot, please vote for Laurie Anne Stanell for Penn State University Trustee.


John Shaffer

Penn State ‘88

Las Vegas, NV

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