Indiana University of Pennsylvania graduate Nathan (Nate) Spade,
of Mechanicsburg, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and
confirmed as a member of IUP’s Council of Trustees. His term will extend
through December 2022.
Spade, a 2001 graduate of IUP who earned a bachelor’s degree
in political science, replaces Mary Esther Van Shura, who served from
October 2009 through January 2015.
In addition to Spade’s appointment, the terms of two sitting
trustees, Jonathan Mack and David Osikowicz, have been extended to 2022.
“It is a great honor and privilege to have the
opportunity to serve my alma mater, its students, and faculty,” Spade said.
“IUP prepared me well for my career in public service, and I look forward to
working with the Council and President Driscoll to further the mission of the university,
carry on its tradition of greatness, and position it well for its future
The IUP Council of Trustees is responsible for financial
oversight of the university and ensuring compliance of university policy with
state law. The council meets quarterly. Its last meeting was December 15.
“We are excited about having Nathan join the Council of
Trustees,” IUP President Michael Driscoll said. “He’s an alumnus who has turned
his political science degree into a great career, working for the legislature
and for Governor Tom Wolf.
“In talking with Nathan, it is clear that he has a passion
for his home college, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and for
the university as a whole. It’s wonderful to have another well-informed,
engaged individual join an already great group.”
Governor Wolf appointed Spade to serve as deputy secretary
of Legislative Affairs on February 2, 2015. In his role with the Wolf
Administration, Spade serves as an interface between the administration and
members and staff of the General Assembly. He is responsible for the oversight
of the Governor’s legislative agenda for nearly half of the agencies in state
Most recently, he worked closely with all four legislative
caucuses to guide five bills addressing Pennsylvania’s heroin/opioid epidemic
through the legislative process to the Governor’s desk following the Governor’s
September joint address to the General Assembly on this issue.
Spade’s role also entails involvement in the state budget
process and legislation associated with the budget. Last spring, he represented
the administration in negotiations on oil and gas regulation legislation and
amendments to the Pennsylvania Greenhouse Gas Regulation Implementation Act.
Prior to serving as a member of the Wolf Administration,
Spade was employed by the Senate Republican Caucus for five years as executive
director of the Transportation Committee. His responsibilities included
managing and negotiating legislation reported from the Committee through the
During his tenure with the Senate, he was instrumental in
the passage of Act 89 of 2013, which raised an additional $2.4-billion annual investment
in all modes of transportation, as well as Act 88 of 2012, Pennsylvania’s public-private
partnership law for transportation projects and initiatives.
Spade began his career with the Pennsylvania Department of
Labor and Industry’s Office of Legislative affairs. In 2002, he went to work
for the House Republican Caucus as a budget analyst with the Appropriations
Committee. There, he was responsible for fiscal analysis of legislation and
agency budgets, focusing on healthcare, regulatory, economic development, and
Spade was elected to the position of Silver Spring Township
supervisor, Cumberland County, in 2009 and served in that position from 2010 to
2015. He prioritized public safety and
support of volunteer EMS providers, responsible development, farmland and open
space preservation, and improved delivery of public services.