Alumni Association welcomes new leadership, enacts bylaws updates

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Steve Wagman (1982 graduate) became the 80th president of the Penn State Alumni Association on July 1. Randy Houston (1991 graduate) was named vice president. Wagman and Houston will serve two-year terms.

Joining them in leading the Alumni Association for 2017–18, as previously announced, are 10 newly elected Alumni Council members. Additionally, 10 appointed volunteer leaders have been named to Alumni Council. They are: Ty McGilberry (Class of 2003, 2010), Andrew Santacroce (1988), Guillermo Silva-Wiscovich (1990), Kelly Lloyd (2010), Samantha Miller (2010), Michelle Harmon-Madsen (1989), Scott Shirley (2003, 2004), Beth Berna (2008), Susan Robinson (1994), and Tom Kapelewski (1982).

At its spring meeting in April, the Alumni Council approved updated bylaws, which also became effective July 1.

Wagman’s volunteer work with Penn State began nearly 30 years ago, serving as a guest lecturer and later as a student mentor within the College of Health and Human Development. Wagman was elected to Alumni Council in 2012 and served on the Membership and Diversity and Inclusion committees. He then became chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, was appointed to Alumni Council’s Executive Board in 2013, and was elected vice president in 2015.

Professionally, Wagman is the national health care business leader for Siemens Industry–Building Technologies, with an emphasis on building performance and sustainability. This comes following a one-year retirement after concluding a 33-year career with Siemens Healthcare in June 2015, serving as a vice president within the division and also as chair of its Diversity and Inclusion Council. He also served as Siemens USA corporate relationship executive to Penn State.

Through his volunteer work for Penn State, Wagman has been a member of the Corporate Campaign Advisory Committee since 2008 and has served as chair of the committee since 2014 for the current campaign, "A Greater Penn State for 21st Century Excellence."

Wagman received a bachelor’s degree from Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development. He lives in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Ellen, a 1981 graduate of the College of Health and Human Development. They have two children.

Houston also has given back to Penn State in myriad ways since his graduation from the College of the Liberal Arts in 1991. His volunteer service with alumni began more than 13 years ago, serving on the board of directors of the College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society. Houston joined Alumni Council in 2012 as president of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society. During that time, he also began serving on the Alumni Council’s Communications Committee. He was elected to the Executive Board in 2014 and later chaired the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. On July 1, 2019, Houston will become the Alumni Association’s 81st president.

Houston proudly mentors high school, college and law students. In addition to his volunteer leadership roles at Penn State, Houston has volunteered with many nonprofit organizations, including the Wright House Wellness Center, Austin Community College, The Long Center for the Performing Arts, the Austin Music Commission, and the Leadership Team of Create Austin.

Professionally, Houston is a formally trained musician and a composer, playwright, filmmaker and actor/improviser, with more than 35 years’ experience as a creative artist. He lives in Englewood, New Jersey.

Visit the Alumni Association's website to learn more about the Alumni Association’s mission and bylaws, volunteer leadership, Vision 2020 strategic plan and more.

Randy Houston photo

Houston's volunteer service with alumni began more than 13 years ago, serving on the board of directors of the College of the Liberal Arts Alumni Society.

Image: Penn State Alumni Association


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Last Updated July 18, 2017