Bloomsburg University student appointed to PASSHE Board of Governors

Date:  October 11, 2006

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. 

Joshua O’Brien, a graduate of Dauphin County Area Vocational Technical School and a native of Harrisburg, was recently appointed to serve on the Board of Governors. He is the second BU student in two years to sit on the board and he will hold the position until he graduates. 

Students considered for the position are the 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. 

The process starts with an interview by one of the board members. The nominee’s name is forwarded from the State System chancellor’s office to the Board of Governors and then to the governor for review. After the governor reviews the student’s qualifications, the candidate’s name is sent to the state Senate for a vote.

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.

O’Brien, a BU junior majoring in political science and communication studies, has been involved with CGA since his freshman year. He has also been involved in the political science organizations on campus, as well as the College Republicans. 


Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.