Cal U. trustees make recommendation for interim president

March 7, 2013
Geraldine Jones speaks during the California University of Pennsylvania Council of Trustees meeting in June 2012. - Observer-Reporter Order a Print

CALIFORNIA – The trustees at California University of Pennsylvania recommended Tuesday that acting school President Geraldine Jones be named interim president until the State System of Higher Education names a permanent replacement to the post.

The state system’s board of governors may consider the recommendation when it meets in April, state system spokesman Kenn Marshall said.

Marshall said the board of governors has not set a timetable on the search for a new Cal U. president, and it could take some time for the position to be filled because the board is in the midst of searching for a new state system chancellor.

Washington County Commissioner Larry Maggi, who is a Cal U. trustee, said the trustees also recommended Tuesday that he become chairman of Cal U.’s council of trustees to replace Robert Irey, whom Gov. Tom Corbett did not reappoint last month. The trustees will act on Maggi’s nomination as chairman when the Cal U. board meets in June.

Jones was named acting Cal U. president to replace former Cal U. President Angelo Armenti Jr., who was fired in May.

Cal U. spokeswoman Christine Kindl said it was announced at Tuesday’s meeting that room and board costs will be frozen next term at the 2012-13 rates. She said there are various rates, depending on meal plans and room sizes, but the two popular options are a meal plan that costs $1,715 a semester and a double room in a main campus residence hall, which costs $3,550 a semester.

In other business, the trustees approved a five-year, $70 million capital plan for four projects, the first of which involves $10.3 million in renovations to Coover Hall, the university’s industrial arts building built in 1938, Kindl said.

The university is proposing to build a $34.4 million science building to replace the Frich and New Science halls. The plan calls for the 40-year-old Morgan Hall to be renovated at a cost of $12.7 million, and for $23.7 million to be spent to expand and update Keystone Hall, also built in 1973.

Kindl said the state system has allocated money for the projects, which will not add to the university’s debts.

Scott Beveridge is a North Charleroi native who has lived most of his life in nearby Rostraver Township. He is a general assignments reporter focusing on investigative journalism and writing stories about the mid-Mon Valley. He has a bachelor's degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master's from Duquesne University. Scott spent three weeks in Vietnam in 2004 as a foreign correspondent under an International Center for Journalists fellowship.

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