Andrew S. Longacre, Danielsville, a junior at Indiana University of Pennsylvania majoring in safety sciences and political science with a minor in environmental health science, has been appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett as the student trustee on the IUP Council of Trustees.

Longacre's appointment was finalized on May 31. He will serve in the role of student trustee until his graduation in 2013.

"The student representative on the Council of Trustees offers an important and unique perspective in discussions and decision making," IUP Interim President Dr. David Werner said. "Because he has an equal voice and vote on this governing board, Andrew will play a very important role in the ongoing growth and success of this university."

Other members of the Council of Trustees are community volunteers appointed by the governor to be responsible for financial oversight and ensuring compliance of university policies with state law. The Council of Trustees meets quarterly and other times as needed.

"I am genuinely excited to continue serving IUP as the student member of the Council of Trustees," Longacre said. "This is a highly distinguished opportunity, and I am honored to have been chosen to fill this position. I am confident that my leadership experience, knowledge of the university governance and enthusiasm I have for IUP will enable me to act in the best interest of this great institution."

Longacre serves as a student senator and vice chairman of the University Senate and chairman of the Student House of Representatives. A member of the IUP Student Government Association since fall 2009, he was elected vice president of the organization for the 2010-2011 academic year. He also serves as a finance committee member and board treasurer of the Student Cooperative Association Board of Directors.

He is a founding father and current parliamentarian of Phi Delta Theta fraternity (Pennsylvania Lambda colony).

Longacre is a member of the IUP Ambassadors, the university's student-alumni group, and is the social chair of the IUP American Society of Safety Engineers. He is a member of the IUP varsity track and field team.

The son of Charles and Pamela Longacre of Danielsville, Longacre is a 2009 graduate of Northampton Area Senior High School. While in high school, he received the AP Scholar with Honor recognition and attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 2009. He was the student patroller of the year for the 2009-2010 academic year for the Eastern Pennsylvania region of the National Ski Patrol.

IUP is a member of Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education.