Council of Trustees new inductions

Category:  News
Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 at 7:45 PM
Council of Trustees new inductions by Amber Chisholm
Photo: Amber Chisholm, Graphic: Britton Rozzelle

The Edinboro University Council of Trustees (COT) recently welcomed two new members to its ranks.

Mark A. Bellini, a retired U.S. Army Brigadier General has joined, along with Edinboro student Kyle Hurysz, who is currently serving as the student representative. 

Bellini is an Edinboro alumnus who graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s in economics and who accumulated over 31 years of experience in the U.S. Army after being commissioned as a second lieutenant through the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). It’s with these students and faculty that he still interacts with and enjoys doing so, especially in regard to advice. 

Bellini retired from the U.S. Army in 2011, which is the same year he began serving on the Edinboro University President’s Advisory Council (PAC), an experience he said he enjoys and plans to remain involved with while fulfilling his COT requirements. 

Hurysz, meanwhile, has served as vice-president of procedure for the Edinboro University Student Government Association (EUSGA), and was sworn in for that position on Sept. 27 of this year.

Hurysz, in his junior year with a double major in economics and politics, applied at the recommendation and encouragement of a friend who held the representative position before him. He said that he is “honored that students entrusted [him] with such an important position,” but at the same time, it is “a huge responsibility.”

He doesn’t view it as a burden, though, but as an opportunity. The most challenging aspect has been learning as much as possible about the past and present of Edinboro University and its students. 

He recommends those considering the trustee position in the future to “stay in-tune with the student body” along with knowing their interests and concerns. He would like students to both talk with him and email him about their thoughts on the campus, even if they want to talk about “how great Edinboro is,” he said. 

Bellini explained that the interactions among those in the PAC and with COT chairperson Dennis R. Frampton have been positive. 

Both Frampton and vice chairperson Barbara C. Chaffee were reappointed to their respective COT positions around the time of the new inductions. Frampton, confident in the abilities of Bellini and Hurysz, said, “I’m pleased to see them come on board,” as he believes they have “proven themselves to their peers.” 

According to Frampton, each inductee is selected by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, who informed both Bellini and Hurysz of his decision by letter. 

This letter was received positively by each. For Hurysz, the moment was “a great feeling,” and for Bellini, it was and is still “humbling.” Each have additional future goals, as Hurysz plans to earn his juris doctorate in law and a doctorate in economics, and Bellini would like to see and help Edinboro “continue on its path of success, providing excellent education for not only people in the tri-state area, but even beyond.”

Amber Chisholm can be reached at edinboro.spectator@gmail.com.

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