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    Committees, Philanthropy and Initiatives

    Philanthropic Support

    One important way you can help HEPAC fulfill its purpose is by providing philanthropic support to the Program’s students and faculty. You can support the program and its students with gifts to a variety of areas:

    • General Program Support
    • Student Dissertation Support
    • Student Internship Support

    Each of these funds supports an important need within the Program. If you are interested in discussing other gift options, please contact the College of Education’s Office of Development and Alumni Relations at (814) 863-2146 or you can make a gift online at

    Executive Committee

    Jim Trainer, President
    Jordan Humphrey, Vice President
    James Woodell, Secretary/Treasurer
    Lisa Weaver, Immediate Past President

    Nominating and Alumni Relations

    • Jim Trainer, Executive Committee liaison and Chair (per Bylaws)
    • Jordan Humphrey
    • Susan Campbell Lounsbury
    • Cori Myers
    • Christine Pacifico
    • Cass Ramsey
    • Wally Richardson


    • David Conklin, Chair
    • Megan McClean Coval
    • Evelynn Ellis
    • Lisa Weaver
    • Jim Woodell


    • Meghan Pifer, Executive Committee liaison
    • Chair, vacant
    • Kirk Diehl
    • Chris Dougherty
    • Mary Anne Fedrick
    • Peter Garland
    • Jeffrey Gilmore
    • Heather Ricker-Gilbert
    • Travis York

    We Welcome Input!

    Additional programming ideas, such as developing ways in which Higher Education alumni can become involved in aspects of the Center for the Study of Higher Education’s (CSHE's) research, and soliciting volunteers to serve as Alumni-Admissions volunteers on behalf of the Program for students from those regions considering the Higher Education Program at Penn State, are just a few aspects of our work. Please let us know if you have ideas of how HEPAC can serve the Higher Education Program and its alumni and students!

    For more information about HEPAC, contact the College of Education's Department of Development and Alumni Relations at (814) 863-2146 or HEPAC President