Members of the Blue and White Vision Council, an organization dedicated to finding difficulties and opportunities the university will encounter over the next few years, were appointed by Penn State Friday morning, according to a press release.
The council, comprised of 26 members, includes students, staff, faculty, academic and campus leaders and representatives from Penn State Hershey Medical Center and the Board of Trustees.
Former president of the American Council on Education, past president of the University of Illinois and current senior fellow Stanley Ikenberry will serve as the adviser of the council.
Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Peetz, who announced the formation of the council this past August, said that the council is providing a critical service at an important time in Penn State's history, according to the press release.
"Higher education throughout the nation faces an array of issues in the years ahead," Peetz said. "Penn State needs to be not only prepared, but continue to lead."
The council is expected to develop plans and suggestions by mid-year 2013 before the new university president is chosen, according to the press release.
For more information about the council as well as the full list of the 26 members, visit www.psu.edu/trustees.