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Gov. Corbett appoints student Shaquan Walker to serve on Edinboro University Council of Trustees


Shaquan Walker has been appointed by Pennsylvania Gov. Thomas Corbett to serve as student representative to the Council of Trustees at Edinboro University. Walker will serve as the student representative on the COT, the University’s governing body, until his graduation from Edinboro or his term expires in August 2017.

The junior-year student, who is double majoring in Sociology and Criminal Justice with a minor in Political Science, will fill the vacancy created in May when student trustee Terry Darcangelo graduated. 

“This is a really big turning point in my college career,” Walker said of the appointment.

In accepting the position, Walker said he is looking forward to becoming a spokesman for all University students. He is interested, in particular, in addressing enrollment issues as well as the overall academic and social success of the student body.

“I would like to see if I can work to get enrollment up and keep kids here on this campus. I went from being the average college student to being very involved, and I see that as such an opportunity, and it creates a real support system,” Walker said. “And I want to pass that message on to the kids here: Get involved. Everyone’s always saying, ‘You’re always moving, you’re always busy,’ and I’m having fun doing it. You get involved, and it really helps everything else.” 

As a member of the COT, Walker will hold the same voting rights and responsibilities as all council members.  In addition, the student trustee may be called upon to represent the University at official functions such as commencement and convocation. 

“I have known Shaquan Walker since he was a freshman here at Edinboro, and it has been wonderful to see him grow from a new student to a student trustee,” said Student Government Association President Andre Roberts. “Shaquan is one of our top student leaders at Edinboro. With Shaquan's passion for student success, I believe he will be one of the best student trustees Edinboro has ever had.”

Walker, a Greenville, Pa., native, is as an on-campus Resident Assistant and Highland Ambassador and is also a member of the Student Government Association. In July, he traveled to Washington, D.C., as part of a four-student delegation from the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to meet with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan to discuss educational and financial aid policy at the federal level.