Erika A. Fenstermacher, a junior psychology major with a
sociology minor and a concentration in gerontology at Indiana University of
Pennsylvania, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf as the student trustee
on the IUP Council of Trustees.
Fenstermacher is the daughter of Tricia Fenstermacher, of
Corry, and the late Bruce Fenstermacher.
Her appointment was finalized on March 17, 2016. She will
serve in the role of student trustee until her graduation in 2017.
“IUP’s student trustees have been outstanding leaders and
valuable assets to this university and to the Council of Trustees,” IUP President
Michael Driscoll said. “Erika continues this tradition—she has strong leadership
and communication skills and is an involved member of the university community.
Our student members offer a very important perspective, and I am pleased to
have Erika selected for this position.”
Members of the Council of Trustees are volunteers appointed
by the governor to be responsible for financial oversight of the university and
for ensuring compliance of university policy with state law. The Council of
Trustees meets quarterly and other times as needed.
Fenstermacher is enrolled in the Psychology Department
honors program. She is vice president of the IUP Ambassadors and a member
of Psi Chi psychology honor society. She completed a practicum on the
behavioral health unit (geriatric) at Indiana Regional Medical Center. She is a
student worker in the IUP Office of the President, and she volunteers for the
Indiana County Humane Society. She was a presenter for the university’s opening
of the academic year program and for the university’s September 11 memorial
“I feel incredibly honored to serve alongside IUP’s current
trustees, some of the wisest and most generous people I have ever encountered,”
Fenstermacher said. “I know this position will present its challenges, but I am
looking forward to professional and personal growth within these next two
A 2013 graduate of Butler Area Senior High School, she was
editor of her school’s yearbook at the high school and junior high levels. She
also was a Butler Memorial Hospital Junior Auxiliary member (candy striper) and
served as vice president, treasurer, and assistant treasurer of the
organization. She was named candy striper of the year in 2013.