Board of Trustees elections results announced

May 15, 2009

University Park, Pa. — Penn State alumni, delegates of agricultural societies and the board (representatives of business and industry endeavors) recently elected six incumbents and one new member to serve on the University's Board of Trustees.

University alumni re-elected incumbents David R. Jones, retired assistant managing editor of The New York Times; David M. Joyner, health care and business consultant and orthopedic physician; and Anne Riley, English teacher.

Delegates of agricultural societies re-elected Carl T. Shaffer, president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau, and Barron L. Herthington, owner of B & R Farms in Ringtown, Pa.
The board elected two trustees representing business and industry: incumbent Edward R. Hintz, president of HHR Asset Management LLC, and new member Kenneth C. Frazier, president of the Global Human Health organization of Merck & Co.
The term of each trustee is three years, beginning on July 1 and expiring on June 30, 2012.

Incumbents re-elected by alumni

David R. Jones
Jones is a retired assistant managing editor of The New York Times and editor of its national editions. He began his career with The Times in 1963 in Detroit, Washington and New York, and before that was a reporter with The Wall Street Journal for seven years in New York and Pittsburgh. He has been a Pulitzer Prize juror and works with the Independent Journalism Foundation. Jones received a B.A. in journalism from Penn State in 1954 and has been a supporter of the College of Communications for more than 10 years. He received a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1979 and an Alumni Fellow Award in 1987. He was first elected to the board of Trustees by the alumni in 1997.

David M. Joyner
Following residencies in general and orthopedic surgery at The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and a brief stint in the World Football League, Joyner began a medical career in sports medicine. Former executive vice president of the Orthopedic Institute of Pennsylvania, in 1992 he founded Joyner Sportsmedicine Institute, which was acquired by Nova Care, Inc., in 1998. He currently is a health care and business consultant and orthopedic physician. A 1972 graduate of Penn State in science and a College of Medicine graduate in 1976, Joyner has also been chairman of the United States Olympic Committee Sports Medicine Committee and has published frequently on sports medicine. He has served on several campaign committees, the Libraries Development Advisory Board and the Schreyer Institute for Innovation in Learning. In 1992, he was named a Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State. Joyner was first elected to the board in 2000.

Anne Riley
An English teacher who taught at State College High School for 31 years and a past president of the Penn State Alumni Association, Riley also served on the Alumni Council and its executive board as well as the steering committee for the Hintz Family Alumni Center. She helped establish Penn State's Distinguished Teaching Fellows Award and to expand international alumni programs. A 1964 and 1975 graduate of Penn State in English, Riley also serves on the board of the Renaissance Fund and of the Mount Nittany Conservancy and is a member of the committee for Women in Philanthropy. In addition, she has taught for the Community Academy of Lifelong Learning, joined the Community Advisory Board of Nittany Bank and is a member of the board of the State College YMCA. Riley was first elected to the board in 1997.

Incumbents re-elected by agricultural societies

Carl T. Shaffer
A Pennsylvania Master Farmer who grows grain and vegetable crops, Shaffer was elected vice president of the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau in 1996, and was elected president in 2004. He currently serves on the board of the Pennsylvania Vegetable Marketing and Research Program and the Columbia County Agricultural Extension Association, is a member of the state Department of Environmental Protection Agricultural Advisory Board; the Pennsylvania Vegetable Growers Association and the PFB Marketing Cooperative. He also has been a legislative chairman of the Columbia County Farm Bureau, chairman of USDA's Farm Service Agency State Committee and a leader in other organizations. Shaffer was first elected to the board in 1997.

Barron L. Hetherington
A 1975 Penn State graduate with a degree in agricultural engineering, Hetherington operates B &R Farms in Ringtown, Pa. He began his academic career at Penn State Schuylkill where he was involved in basketball was chair of the Student Standard Boards, and Student Chorale. At University Park, he was a member of the University Chapel Choir.  He has been a member of the Nittany Lion Club since 1975 and is a life member of the Penn State Alumni Association. He received the Penn State Schuylkill Campus 2006 Alumni Achievement Award. Hetherington is also involved with the Penn State Ag Action Network. His father, Burton Hetherington, served as a trustee from 1978 until 1984. Hetherington was first elected to the board in 2006.

Incumbent re-elected by business and industry

Edward R. Hintz Jr.
Hintz is president of HHR Asset Management LLC, a private money management firm in New Jersey specializing in investment management for individuals, which he founded in 1974. He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts. He graduated from Penn State in 1959 with a B.S. in business administration and received an MBA from Harvard University in 1963. Hintz was named an Alumni Fellow by the College of Business Administration and a Distinguished Alumnus of the University in 1987. Hintz is past chairman of A Grand Destiny: The Penn State Campaign, Penn State's second major capital campaign. He has chaired The National Development Council and has led fundraising efforts for the Bryce Jordan Center and Paterno Library. Hintz was elected to the board in 1994 and re-elected for a succeeding term. He was elected vice chairman of the board in 1998, 1999, and 2000 and was elected chairman of the board in 2001, 2002 and 2003.

New member elected by business and industry

Kenneth C. Frazier
Frazier, president of the Global Human Health organization of Merck & Co., also is a member of Merck’s executive committee, the senior management group that evaluates and makes strategic decisions for the company. Frazier joined Merck in 1992 as vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Astra Merck Group. Prior to that, he was a partner with the Philadelphia firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath. He was elected Merck's vice president of public affairs in 1994 and, in 1997, assumed the additional responsibilities of assistant general counsel, corporate staff. Frazier was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel in January 1999. In December 1999, he assumed the position of senior vice president and general counsel, overseeing Merck's legal and public affairs functions and The Merck Company Foundation. In November 2006 he was promoted to executive vice president and general counsel and was appointed to his current position in August 2007.


Penn State's Board of Trustees is comprised of six members appointed by the governor, nine elected by the alumni, and six members each elected by agricultural societies and by the board representing business and industry endeavors. In addition, five members are ex officio by right of their offices, including: Gov. Edward G. Rendell; Penn State President Graham B. Spanier; Secretary of Agriculture Dennis C. Wolff; Secretary of Education Gerald L. Zahorchak; and Secretary of Conservation and Natural Resources John Quigley.

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