November 2, 2005
BLOOMSBURG— Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Community Government Association president is one of the newest members of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors.
Nathan Conroy, a graduate of Berwick High School and a resident of Nescopeck, was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Governors. He is the first BU student in at least 10 years to sit on the board and he will hold the position until he graduates.
Students considered for the position are presidents of their universities’ student government associations and enrolled in one of the 14 universities in the State System. After consideration, three students are appointed to serve on the board until they graduate.
“There were two vacancies that needed to be filled and 10 of the CGA presidents were interested in the position,” said Conroy.
The process starts with an interview by one of the board members. The nominee’s name then works its way from the State System chancellor’s office to the Board of Governors and then to the governor for review. After the governor reviews the students’ qualifications, names are sent to the state Senate for a vote.
“Our names went to the Senate in mid-October and we were both approved unanimously,” Conroy said.
Conroy was assigned to the academic and student affairs committee. The committee reviews academic programs for the 14 universities in the state system.
“We just decided on six programs at our last meeting. Five of the programs were graduate-level and the other one was an undergraduate program for Indiana University of Pennsylvania,” said Conroy.
The Board of Governors consists of 20 members that plan and coordinate development and operation of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The board also appoints the chancellor and university presidents, approves new academic programs, sets tuition and coordinates and approves the annual operating budget for the State System.
Conroy, a BU senior majoring in secondary education/citizenship and history, has been involved with the CGA since his sophomore year. He also is president of the Orientation Workshop Leaders, known as OWLs. He serves as chair of the Kehr Union board and new student organizations committee. Conroy is active in the Model United Nations, University Democrats, Democracy Matters, History Club and Political Organization for Student Involvement. As president of CGA, he also has a seat on the Bloomsburg University Foundation Board of Directors.
Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students and offers 65 bachelor’s, 18 master’s and one doctoral degree.