Brian Swatt, a political science major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been
selected for membership on the
Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Board of Governors.
“Brian is a thoughtful, perceptive, involved
and passionate student leader, and we are very pleased to have him selected to
serve in this important role,” IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll said. “He
will be an excellent representative of our university, and he will be a great
asset to the Board of Governors.”
Swatt was chosen to serve by Governor Thomas
Wolf, and he was approved by the state senate on March 24. He attends his
first Board of Governors meeting on April 5-6 as a member of the board.
“I am absolutely excited for what the future
holds,” Swatt said, “and I am looking forward to beginning my service on the
board. This is such a great opportunity, and I am privileged and honored to be
afforded such an opportunity.”
The 20-member Board of Governors is
responsible for planning and coordinating development and operation
of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education. The Board establishes
broad educational, fiscal, and personnel policies, and oversees the efficient
management of the State System. Among other tasks, the Board appoints the
chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets
tuition, and coordinates and approves the annual State System operating budget.
Swatt was elected president of IUP’s Student
Government Association (SGA) in 2016. In this role, he represents more than
13,000 students and is responsible for the oversight and allocation of
a multi-million dollar budget in conjunction with the Student Cooperative
Association Finance Board. In this role, he also serves on many committees of
Also at IUP, Swatt is the vice president of
the College Republicans and a member of the Kappa Sigma social fraternity. Swatt
became an Eagle Scout in 2016.